Despite Mumbai’s polluted beaches one of the turtle species found a clean beach to nest. A group of volunteers engaged in a cleanup of Versova beach spotted 80 hatchlings of Olive Ridley turtles in the early hours of Thursday.
They called the forest officials to ensure their safe passage towards the sea.
He told the media,” We were told by the officials that the last sighting of Olive Ridley turtles on the beach was 20 years ago.”
City-based lawyer and environmentalist Afroz Shah who initiated the beach cleanup drive in 2015 was present at the time of hatchlings. He tweeted, It’s a historic moment…we got the Olive Rodley turtles back!
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of forests, N. Vasudevan, said,” The Indian benchmark stock markets Sensex and Nifty lost more than 1 percent during early hours of trade on Friday. It is amid a global sell-off over concerns related to a trade war between US and China.
Constant cleaning of the beach helps marine species, He added.
Vinay Deshmukh, a city-based Marine biologist said,” Olive Ridley turtles come to the shore for nesting generally at the end of winter. Female turtles, aware of their predators, come to the beach at night and burrow deep holes to lay their eggs. They are known to lay around two to three dozen eggs at a time.”
The hatchlings made their way to the Arabian Sea later on Thursday.
The largest nesting ground of these endangered species in India is at Gahirmatha beach in Orrisa.
The Mumbaikars praised Afroz Shah’s efforts and expressed their happiness on social media.