Carcasses of olive ridley turtles washed ashore
Nagapattinam: More than 20 carcasses of Olive Ridleys were Tuesday washed ashore in the coastal stretch between Tarangambadi and Pudupettai in Nagapattinam district, forest officials said.
The Ridleys might have been hit by mechanised boats while they were travelling to the shore, sources said.
Coastal areas of Nagapattinam coast attract a large number of Olive Ridleys every year during the nesting season, which begins in December and continues till March.
The hatching period ranges around 60 days. Predators like dogs, crows and vultures damage and eat away the eggs on the coast. Most eggs get damaged and only a handful successfully hatch.
Olive Ridleys have been classified as "vulnerable" according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
The Nagapattinam wildlife department has set up a hatchery in Kodiakarai wildlife sanctuary premises to hatch the eggs artificially.
The young ones that come out in the hatchery are put in the sea, which is their natural habitat.
The life span of Ridleys ranges from 60 to 300 years. The Forest Department has set up egg collection centres at six points in Vedaranyam coast.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: How to develop good communication skills for a successful life?
- Curfew lifted from 4 districts of Kashmir valley
- Recently launched Pokemon Go gaining extreme popularity among users
- Rajnath Singh meets J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to discuss current situation in valley
- AAP MLA Amantulla Khan arrested for misbehaving with a woman
- 'Madaari' is outstanding, says Deepika Padukone
- Three Taliban commanders arrested in Afghanistan's Samangan province
- Kamal Haasan still under medical care in hospital
- Kashmir unrest: Policeman injured in Burhan Wani protest dies, death toll rises to 46
- PNB Housing Finance readies Rs 2,500-crore IPO, heads to tier 2, 3 cities