Some beaches in Goa are popular and protected Turtle Nesting sites where you can spot the famous Oliver Ridley Turtle Hatchlings. And it does not matter if you are in the North or South parts of Goa, as there are beaches on both sides that are nesting sites where the mama turtles come in every year to lay their eggs.
Nature Lovers, You Can See Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchlings On These Goan Beaches
What Is It?
The Oliver Ridley Turtle is a small sea turtle species, wherein an adult one grows to approximately 60 to 70 cm carapace in length. The shell or carapace, is usually heart shaped and they are the cutest turtles to watch.
The most famous nesting site is of course the Galgibaga Beach in the South along with Agonda Beach. Morjim, Mandrem & Ashvem Beaches in the north are turtle nesting beaches. Nesting season usually starts in the month of September though in the recent past it has now shifted to January and ends by about March or April. This change in the start of the nesting season is attributed to climate change. Even tourist inflows and noisy surroundings are affecting and endangering these sites, so a lot of times the eggs are shifted by the forest department to the Interpretation Centre so that they are protected during the incubation period.
Due to the nest protection offered on the beaches and at the centre from 1997-2012, the Forest Department has managed to protect some 139 nests and release 12,244 hatchlings safely in to the sea with a 67% success rate. So do go and see the great stuff the Forest Department & NGOs are doing to keep these cute little things safe. Also do your bit to protect these little creatures.
These sites on the beaches are also under the protection of the Forest Department and clearly marked with signboards; so do follow their rules and regulations so as to not disturb their natural habitat.