Sea Turtle Hatchlings Releasing Programme


Sea turtles sometimes called marine turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines. The seven extant species of sea turtles are: the greenloggerheadKemp's ridleyolive ridley, hawksbillflatback, and leatherback living in the world representing two families, Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae. The leatherback is the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae. According to the scientist marine turtle population is declining rapidly in many parts of the world. Therefore, conservation efforts should initiate to protect the animals and their habitat. This could be protection of nesting areas, nesting activities, as well as the eggs and hatchlings. According to the researchers, in certain circumstances, relocating of eggs to protect them from flooding, predation and poaching is more effective than leaving them in the nesting place. The places where the eggs are relocated outside the nesting areas are called hatcheries. However this movement of the eggs can reduce hatching.

14th of January 2017 Police officers of Mutwal police have collected 117 turtle eggs soon after the egg laying and submitted to the NARA. After that eggs were placed properly and hatched inside the NARA premises by staff member of Fishing technology division on early morning of 15th Of January 2017. It takes 45-55 days to hatch the eggs. At the 53rd day, last 13th of March 2017 eggs were hatched. 75 eggs were successes fully hatched and juveniles were kept in a sea water tank after hatching. All the juveniles were Olive ridley species. And juveniles release to the sea from the Kochchikade area with the participation of hotels owners of the area and foreign visitors. Mr. Mahendra Jayathilaka( Scientist/ MBRD) was helped to successes the activities.


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