Kozhikode: After 48 days of incubation, 10 baby Olive green ridley turtles hatched at a temporary hatchery jointly set up by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and the Forest Department (FD) here today. Another 84 eggs collected from the shore were expected to be hatched in another 24 hours, Senior CMFRI Scientist Philippose told UNI.The baby turtles will be released into the sea after completion of the process during the period, he said. He said the temporary hatchery was set up with fencing after the eggs were located with the help of local fishermen and placed for safe incubation.
People in large numbers from the surrounding areas gathered near the hatchery at the CMFRI Ground at West Hill here for a glimpse of the endangered species, he said. Turtles arrive at the coast at night and after laying eggs, they go back into the deep seas. The females lay 120-150 eggs at one time. Hatchlings emerge from these eggs after 45-60 days and find their way to the sea with a cacophony.