A new batch of 72 olive ridley baby turtles hatched at the temporary hatchery at Kodi seashore in Kundapur near Udupi district, were released into the sea Tuesday night.
They had prepared11 hatcheries for the turtles on the seashore which was protected day and night by volunteers.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests rapid action force head Sanjay Mohan, Forest sub division DFO Ashish Reddy and Forest officer Prabhakar Kulal were present when the baby turtleswere released into the sea.
So far, more than 370 baby turtles hatched at Kodi have joined the sea.
The gestation period of their eggs varied from 50 to 52 days and volunteers are keeping the beach clean to make it conducive for the turtles to lay eggs there, Forest officer Prabhakar Kulal said.
Besides the Forest department, volunteers of FSL India, an NGO and Clean Kundapur forum have been protecting the hatcheries since January, Kulal said.PTI MVG SS PTI PTI