Tree Foundations’ Sea Turtle Protection Force volunteers found an Olive Ridley turtle on 2nd February 2013. The female olive ridley turtle which was found entangled in a crab net off Cudaloor Chinna Kuppam, ECR with her left fore flipper seriously damaged, due to the entanglement. She was was brought to Tree Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Neelankarai.
After which the turtle was taken to Tamil Nadu Veterinary College, Vepery for a thorough examination for any internal injuries. On closer investigation, it was found, that she had lost 4 inches of her left fore flipper and had low vision in her left eye. The turtle was named ‘Nayani’ (which means sight in Sanskrit) as Tree Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation members felt that she had regained her spirit and was ready to go back to her habitat. As she has fought back alongside us to a speedy recovery, the time came for her release. Dr.Uma Rani, Secretary -Animal Welfare Board of India, students, teachers from Sri Sankara Vidyashramam MHSS, Tiruvanmiyur and Primrose school, volunteers and well-wishers presided over the release event.
Dr.Uma Rani, Secretary -Animal Welfare Board of India, students, teachers from Sri Sankara Vidyashramam MHSS, Tiruvanmiyur and Primrose school, volunteers and well-wishers presided over the release event. ‘Nayani’ was taken on a boat 3 km off shore form Periya Neelankarai fishing village, into the sea and released near the rock formation where a wide variety of prey fish is always found, in order to make it easy for her to feed after being released off the coast of Neelankarai on 2nd October 2013.
The support of volunteers from WCC (Women’s Christian College),Tree Foundation’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre volunteers , Sea Turtle Protection Force Members and well-wishers was crucial for Nayani’s recovery. Tree Foundation acknowledged their support. The rapidly dwindling population of Olive Ridley sea turtles is a sign of the declining health of the ocean worldwide. Our South Indian coast is where many Olive Ridleys come to nest and the hatchlings emerge.
These waters are also important feeding grounds for juvenile green and hawksbill turtles.Helping this species is not only protecting a part of our environment but also helping the health of the oceans that we rely on for the fishing trade and to help keep our waters clean.‘Sea turtles face many obstacles to their survival, all created by humans – hunting for meat, accidental catches in nets of mechanized fishing boats and artificial illumination along the coast, to name a few. Also huge scale awareness should be given to fishermen and public at large, to grow more compassionate towards all life forms, said- Dr. Uma Rani, Secretary – Animal Welfare Board of India.Dr Supraja Dharini, Chairperson,Tree Foundation said ‘Through our 11 years of hard work, we have seen fishermen along Chennai and Kancheepuram coast turning into guardians of their main source of livelihoods, the sea! Rehabilitating injured turtles calls for more volunteers.
Tree Foundation is involved in Marine Biodiversity Conservation, focusing on Sea Turtle and Dolphin conservation. The community based conservation and research program is jointly carried out in the partnership with The Wildlife Wing of The Forest Department, The Fisheries Department and the Indian Coast Guard.
Tree Foundation runs a sea turtle ‘Rescue and Rehabilitation Center’ at Neelankarai in Chennai to facilitate rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles back into the ocean. For details contact 94443 06411/ firstname.lastname@example.org