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    Get Ready To Go Turtle Spotting At These Regular Night Walks In Chennai

    Tanmay posted on 21 December

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    The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network {SSTCN} seeks to save the endangered Olive Ridley and does so by creating awareness and conducts beach walks to spot these turtles.

    Turtle Talk

    Between January and April every year, the Olive Ridley turtles nest on beaches in and around Chennai daily 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.

    But where do you fit into this conservation effort? Between the months mentioned above, the conservation group conducts night walks every Friday and Saturday, and you can be a part of these walks, and can even get to see some turtles nesting! You can either see around five nests a day or none at all!

    Since 1987, the SSTCN has been engaged fully in their objective — to save the turtle. They’ve set up hatcheries and worked on protecting nests and eggs from predators. This has been going on for almost 30 years now and anyone who’s gone on one of thse walks will have seen hatchlings, eggs and even nests and this practice has even motivated some student members of the network to pursue careers in ecology, ecotourism, wildlife management and conservation.

    Walk The Talk

    The 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 11pm, 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. Being on the east coast, Chennai is taking an initiative to save the turtle – SSTCN has been a constant in protection and awareness created to do so. These guys walk the same stretch every day from end-December through mid-March, searching for hatchlings and nests. With some volunteers, they could walk even more!

    To join a weekend turtle walk or to witness hatchlings being released in the sea, email sstcnchennai@gmail.com to register. 

    Find out more here.

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    Neelankarai Beach

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