Turtles return to Gahirmatha beach for nesting afters years

Turtles return to Gahirmatha beach for nesting afters years

Forest officials have said that a group of Olive Ridley female turtles, who were tagged for research some years earlier, have returned to Gahirmatha beach this year for nesting.

Experts have said that about two lakh turtles have already laid eggs on the beach this year. The Indian Forest Department collaborated with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on the research project and had fitted tags on the flippers of many turtles between 1998 and 2010. Experts said that the they have spotted about dozens of these turtles and this shows that the female turtles return to the same beach where they first laid eggs and where they were born, to nest.

Dr SS Srivastava, Chief Wildlife Warden and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) on Sunday said, "We have already spotted a dozen turtles with metallic tags which were fitted on their flippers five years back. Each tag has a number, Gahirmatha and Wildlife Institute of India inscribed on them."

Researchers also said that some turtles are also tagged for recognition of individuals or cohorts for research. Experts are using the information from the tagged turtles to study their reproductive biology, movements and growth rate.

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