Get Ready To Go Turtle Spotting At These Night Walks In Chennai
The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) seeks to save the endangered Olive Ridley and does so by creating awareness and conducting beach walks to spot these turtles.
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Between January and April every year, the Olive Ridley turtles nest on beaches in and around Chennai every night. During these months, the SSTCN organises night walks on the beach to search for the eggs so that they can collect them and relocate them to a safe space. After the baby turtles hatch, they’re then set free back into the sea.
The SSTCN walk happens on a 7 km stretch between the beaches of Neelangarai (on ECR) to Besant Nagar. Participants have to gather at the Neelangarai beach at about 11 pm, from where the walk commences (and it ends at about 4-5am!). Anyone is free to join and it doesn’t cost a rupee. Before the walks, there’s an engaging discussion, so you can ask questions and learn as much about what to expect and do.
The SSTCN has hatcheries in Besant Nagar and Srinivaspuram if you’re not up for the walk. You could go there and release the hatchlings into the sea. SSTCN has been a constant in protection and awareness to save the turtles. With some volunteers, they could save even more creatures!