Safe journey of 137 turtle hatchlings in Andaman

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Port Blair, Mar 11 (UNI) Altogether 137 turtle hatchlings will be safely released into the sea by a team of forest officials in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Forest officials told UNI today that a strayed turtle laid eggs at the Carbyn's cove beach, the city's most busiest beach, a few weeks back and the hatchlings emerged out on Sunday last.

The hatchlings were unable to make their way into the sea and were noticed moving on the roads by police guard, the officials informed.

The senior forest officials soon rushed to the spot and made all necessary arrangements for the safe release of the hatchlings into the sea as they have threat from dogs and other carnivores.

''This was the first time when any turtle laid eggs at this beach. Normally they prefer far-flung and lonely beaches for nesting,'' a senoir forest officer said adding that all arrangements have been made for their safe release.

Turtle nesting usually begin from November in these remote islands and continues for nearly five months.

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