Olive Ridley turtles: Turtle trail to get a boost with mass tagging mission

What is the News?

Scientists have resumed the Project of tagging Olive Ridley turtles at Rushikulya rookery along the Odisha coast.

About the Project

Launched by: It is a collaborative Project of the Zoological Survey of India in association with the Odisha Forest and Environment Department.

Nesting Sites Covered: The project of tagging of the Olive Ridleys is being carried out at three mass nesting sites — Gahirmatha, Devi River mouth and Rushikulya. The project is being undertaken after a span of about 25 years. 

Purpose: The tagging of the turtles will help in finding the extent of travel and location of the turtles after congregation, nesting, etc for further research on turtle behaviour.

The tags on the turtles are also uniquely numbered, containing details such as the name of the organisation, country code and email address. If researchers in other countries come across the tagged turtles, they will email their location in longitude and latitude.

Moreover, the metal tags attached to turtles are non-corrosive, and they do not harm their body. It can be removed later.

Rushikulya River: It is one of the major rivers in the state of Odisha. The River originates at the Daringbadi hills of the Eastern Ghats range. The place from where the river originates, Daringbadi is called the ‘Kashmir of Odisha‘. The river meets the Bay of Bengal at Puruna Bandha in Ganjam.

Devi River: It is one of the principal distributaries of Mahanadi. It flows through Jagatsinghpur district and Puri district across Odisha state in India and joins the Bay of Bengal.

Read more: “Operation Olivia” to Protect Olive Ridley Turtles

Source: This post is based on the article Turtle trail to get a boost with mass tagging missionpublished in The Hindu on 24th Dec 2021.

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