1,603 turtle hatchlings released – SLCG

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Nearly 1,603 turtle hatchlings, hatched out from 1,903 eggs conserved in various parts of the island under the CoastGuard Turtle Conservation Project (CGTCP) were released into the sea recently, Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) said.

“These rare events have caught the eye of many foreigners and locals in these areas,” it said.

“CGTCP takes effort to conserve turtle eggs in or around their natural nest areas to ensure safety and natural habitat and only conserves them in protected areas when natural nest areas are threatened,” SLCG said.

SLCG has released 6,905 turtle hatchlings into the sea in 2022, while conserving another 9,541 turtle eggs in hatcheries and nests located close to the SLCG life saving posts/establishments functioning countrywide, it said. (PA)