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More Number of Olive Ridley Turtles to hatch

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The endangered Olive Ridley turtles are being taken care by many animal Lovers, Environmental organisations and wildlife societies.

This year, the city beaches may see the birth of 44,000 Olive Ridley turtles. Already, 16,000 hatchlings have been released into the bay of bengal safely. The remaining are yet to hatch. The incubation period is still on.

Since there was no natural calamities such as flood or cyclone, It is one of the reasons for the large number of hatchlings. Moreover, this year, there has been an awareness drive among fishermen to fit turtle excluder devices to save the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.

Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network and Tree Foundation are also involved in collecting the eggs and releasing the hatchlings.

The Forest Department has taken up the task of Olive Ridley conservation at the Chennai and Kancheepuram beaches from 2012 with renewed focus and more funds from the Tamil Nadu Biodiversity and Greening project.Further, as per the volunteering organisations report, that only few turtles deaths have been found which shows a significant improvement in the awareness about Olive Ridley turtles.

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