Karnataka: Second Olive Ridley sea turtle’s egg nest discovered at Kodi within 48-hours | Mangaluru News – Times of India

UDUPI: It was a double delight for marine conservationists when fisherman Babu Mogaveera stumbled on to the second nest of Olive Ridley sea turtles in a span of 48-hours.
The sighting of a second nest on Kodi beach on Sunday, 50-metres South of where the first nest was spotted gave the conservationists a cause for cheer. Officials from the forest department have initiated conservation measures for the second nest for these endangered species.
Even this nest like the one spotted on Friday has around 100 eggs, volunteers from FSL India, an international voluntary organisation working towards turtle conservation, said. The volunteers will monitor the eggs for 52-days and ensure they hatch safely. Main threat for the eggs is stray dogs that dig up the nest on smelling the odour. This activity of dogs sniffing around is also a tell-tale sign for locals of possible presence of nests.
Babu Mogaveera who spotted this nest informed the FSL India and Clean Kundapur project volunteers who were engaged in cleaning the Kodi beach as part of their weekly cleanliness drive. FSL India team in conjunction with forest department officials then swung into action as they have been doing so from the past decade. Bharath Bangera, Clean Kundapur project convener said Olive Ridley Sea Turtle eggs were last spotted at Kodi beach in 2016.
After nearly four barren years in terms of sighting, this back to back discovery of nests is certainly a cause for cheer, Bangera said. The nesting season usually starts in September. In the recent past, this season has shifted to January and goes on up to April and this change could largely be due to climate change, Venkatesh Moodkeri, senior programme manager, FSL India, says. Nonetheless, we will work to conserve these eggs, he said.

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