STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Endangered Olive Ridley turtle rescued and released in Ramanathapuram

Weighing around 35 kilograms, the adult female turtle was entangled in fishers' net on Sunday morning.

Published: 12th October 2020 11:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2020 08:05 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

RAMANATHAPURAM: A 10-year-old Olive Ridley turtle that was caught in a fishing net near Panaikulam seashore was released into the sea by forest department officials and locals here on Sunday.
Weighing around 35kg, the adult female turtle became entangled in fishers' net on Sunday morning. Alerted by the locals, forest officials safely released the Olive Ridley turtle back into the sea.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, Ramanathapuram Forest Range Officer S Sathish said that every year Olive Ridleys visit the coast for nesting and around 60 per cent of the eggs laid by these turtles are usually found in the 14-kilometre stretch between Pudhu Road and Arichalmunai from December to March.

While a record high of 20,000 Olive Ridley eggs were collected in the year 2018-19, the number dipped to 10,500-11,000 in 2019-20 mainly due to soil erosion at Arichalmunai, he said.

"As the turtles usually mate in October-November, Olive Ridley sightings around this time is a common phenomenon. Until a few years ago, when these turtles were sighted on our shores or entangled in fishing nets, the local fishers would kill them for meat or cut off their flippers to disentangle them without damage to the net. With flippers snapped, the turtles hardly survive for a week," he said.

Now with increased awareness on conserving the species, the local fishers either alert the forests or safely release the turtles themselves, he said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp