As many as 144 Olive Ridley turtles were found dead this year during January and last week to February. They were killed accidentally during trawl boat and mechanized fishing.
Mozambique’s Quirimbas National Park authorities in Cabo Delgado province said on Sunday they have arrested over 20 Tanzanian fishermen for allegedly decimating marine turtle in the region.
Mass nesting of Olive Ridleys has started on the tranquil beach of Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary, the world’s largest rookery of sea turtles.
On any day Tamil Nadu records at least 40 to 70 deaths of nesting turtles and this is an issue, the official said, adding and at times there are also mass stranding of Olive ridley’s clocking more than 100 in a single day, he said.
Three more carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles washing up on Palolem and Benaulim beaches during the last two days has added to the growing concern over the stranding of marine species on Goa’s coastline.
The team noticed that there were a number of dogs behind Sai Baba Temple. They spotted a sea turtle on the beach and on closer inspection, found that the adult female Olive Ridley turtle that had come to nest had been attacked and bitten by some of the dogs.
Drifting timbers and tree branches that landed on the Labuan marine parks beaches, Malaysia, are among the cause of decreasing in turtle landing. Labuan Marine Park Department expressed concern about the decline of 33% in the overall turtle landing last year.
The total number of olive ridley turtle deaths within just three weeks of its nesting season has reached alarming numbers. Activists tell TNM that 193 dead turtles have been washed ashore as of Friday and the numbers are expected to increase further.
Animal activist Pradeep Kumar Nath of the Visakhapatnam Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA), which has been leading a sea turtle protection programme since 1996, said that a whopping 4,000 Olive Ridleys die every year.
Members of the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN), who have been going on turtle walks since the beginning of January, say they have found over 100 dead turtles on the coast from Neelankari to Broken Bridge.
Despite measures to ensure safe breeding of sea turtles, the Olive Ridleys continue to fall victim to nets of fishing trawlers operating illegally along Paradip coast.
A mother turtle who returned to her place of birth to lay eggs found herself amongst a sea of garbage. Surrounded by the plastic trash, the animal had no chance of making a nest and laying eggs the way it should naturally happen for the species.