Over 100 eggs of endangered turtles shifted to man-made hatchery

Conservationists and wildlife officials in southern Rameswaram on Sunday shifted 120 eggs of Olive Ridley turtles to a man-made hatchery to ensure safe hatching during the nesting period. Named after its olive green carapace, or shell, the Olive Ridley sea turtle has been listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union because of declining numbers. To give them protective environment, forest department constructed special manmade hatcheries near the beach in which the eggs were shifted. Soon after the eggs are hatched, the hatchlings will safely be released to the open ocean.