Marine Turtles

Marine Turtles

Due to the harvesting of Marine Turtles and their eggs and also their accidental mortality associated with shipping, trawling and other fishing operations, turtles have been threatened with extinction in all parts of the world.

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Marine Turtles

Due to the harvesting of Marine Turtles and their eggs and also their accidental mortality associated with shipping, trawling and other fishing operations, turtles have been threatened with extinction in all parts of the world.
Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) started Marine turtle conservation in Maharashtra state on 1st October 2002. First year we protected 50 nests of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and released 2734 hatchlings at Velas in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
In next three years we extended this project to the entire 720 km coastline of Maharashtra. In last four years we protected 152 nests and released 7610 hatchlings into the sea. We also arranged awareness programs on the entire coastline.
Turtle friend award, Turtle festival, publication of a booklet are the other related projects/programs that we undertook.

Turtle Identification

The entire life cycle of marine turtle still remains a mystery. Tracks 2 to 2.5 feet wide appear on the sand when the turtle crawlsOnce their hatchlings enter the sea, upon maturity, only female turtles visit the coastline for breeding, and that too for a couple of hours only. Turtles leave identifying marks in the sand, when they arrive to the shore and return to the sea. Tracks 2 to 2.5 feet wide appear on the sand when the turtle crawls

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Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines and islands across the world

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)Natural habitat: Seas in topical, sub-tropical, and temperate regions

Weight: 250 kg

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Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines across the world

Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)Natural habitat: Seas in topical and sub-tropical regions

Weight: 50 kg

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Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines across the world

Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)Natural habitat: Seas in topical, sub-tropical, and temperate regions

Weight: 500 kg

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Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines and islands across the world

Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)Natural habitat: Seas in topical and sub-tropical regions

Weight: 150 kg

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Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Nesting sites: Temperate and sub-tropical coastlines across the world

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)Natural habitat: Seas in topical and sub-tropical regions

Weight: 200 kg

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Subcategories

  • Turtle Festival
     

    Turtle Festival is arranged by Forest Department, Village Panchayat, Kasav Mitramandal and Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

    A brief history of the work...

    Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) started Marine turtle conservation first time in Maharashtra. In the year 2002 SNM started actual protection work for Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Velas, a tiny village on northernmost boundary of district Ratnagiri. In the first year SNM undertook protection work in one village and successfully protected 50 nests. Within a short span of time SNM spread the protection work to entire coast of Maharashtra state, that's about 720 kms of coastline in all. In the fourth year of the project we arranged protection work in 15 villages, but found only 36 nests against 50 in one village. These figures themselves can prove that the marine turtle is crossing the upper limits of its presently endangered status very rapidly...

    SNM is trying its level best to overcome this problem with its limited resources. So far SNM has protected more than 800 nests and successfully released more than 35,000 hatchlings.

    4th to 7th April and 15th to 23rd April 2017

    See festival information here: Anjarla Turtle Festival

    See festival information here: Velas (Homestay)

    Or Call one of the members at: Kasav Mitra Mandal, Velas

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