Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network
The Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network [SSTCN] is a voluntary group, mainly comprising of students who have been working in the beaches of Chennai since 1987, trying to conserve and create awareness about the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle [Lepidochelys Olivacea].
The Olive Ridley turtles nest on our beaches at night, between December and April every year. During this season we walk the beaches every night looking for their eggs which we collect and relocate to a safe place. When the turtle hatchlings emerge 45 days later, we release them safely into the sea.
On Friday nights and Saturday nights we conduct a walk for interested people. We use this opportunity to interact with them, and create awareness about the plight of an endangered species and the state of the environment. From January to March end, our work mainly comprises of walking on the beach looking for turtle eggs and we often encounter nesting turtles. It is a beautiful experience to watch them lay eggs, as it is an age old process which they have been doing for 180 million years!!!
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