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251 SEA TURTLES LEAVE THE PROTECTION OF THE SRI LANKA COAST GUARD

 

             The hatching of baby turtles is a much-awaited event in the ‘egg-enclave’ of Coast Guard, Mirissa. Such was seen on last 8th February amidst a crowd of onlookers as these babies made their maiden way to the sea. These baby turtles were hatched from 114 eggs collected on 13th December, 2017 and 137 eggs collected on 14th December, 2017. These eggs were buried in the safe shelter of Mirissa Life Saving Point until they are ready to hatch. This step was taken due to sea turtle eggs that are laid unattended on beaches constantly being threatened by human activities.

              These eggs, buried were looked after through the incubation period of about 60 days. Final outcome of this effort brought smiles to the faces of every individual who made an effort to send back these amazing creatures to the sea as 251 baby turtles trotted back to the sea in a flock on 8th February 2018.