The Forest Department has taken steps to hatch the Olive Ridley turtle eggs artificially by moving it to safe places along the coast of Puducherry, deputy conservator of forests Satyamoorthy said here on Thursday (Januray 30).
He said the eggs will be collected and kept in locations along the beach for ensuring the survival of the maximum young ones. So far forest officials have collected 320 eggs of the turtles, he added. Satyamoorthy requested the public and fishermen to inform the Forest Department if they come across any turtle eggs on the coasts.
The turtles reach the shore for nesting and lay around 80 to 120 eggs one and a half feet below the ground and goe back to the sea. The eggs are targeted by the stray dogs and even by the humans. The hatched young ones survival rate has been very low and the species now find a place in schedule 1 of the Indian Forest Act.