The Zoological Survey of India has started tagging endangered olive ridleys to track their migration path in the off-shore waters of Odisha. Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) took 6 olive ridley turtles floating in the deepwater of the Bay of Bengal and attached the tags to them and released them back in the sea. These tags are made of aluminum. The six turtles that were tagged included four females and two males. The scientists have recorded the basic information like the length and weight of these 6 turtles. As per ZSI, it will be tagging 30,000 turtles to know their movement and migration path. At present, the turtles are mating in the Bay of Bengal and would come to the Rushikulya beach to lay eggs in February. The Rushikulya beach is one of the largest mass nesting sites for sea turtles. Last year, a total of 3,23,062 sea turtles were cited there. Lakhs of endangered turtles assemble for mass nesting along the Odisha coast including the Rushikulya river mouth, Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, and the Devi river mouth every year.
Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
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