Simple fisherfolk collect Olive Ridley eggs, watch over them and finally see little hatchings through to the sea. They are the cogs that drive a massive conservation effort, as LALITHASAI finds out during a turtle walk

Kumar is a foot soldier in the fight for the Olive Ridleys. When these sea turtles come ashore to nest, this fisherman from Srinivasapuram scours the beach for their eggs. Next, he carries these ovals of white to a hatchery in Srinivasapuram, near the Adyar estuary. He does this – day in, day out. To most of us, the task might appear almost Sisyphean in its repetition. But not for Kumar. He takes pride in what he does.

Kumar is among the faceless dozens that power a great conservation effort. He volunteers for the Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN), a group that watches over the coast from Napier Bridge (Marina) to Neelankarai during the Ridley nesting season (December to May), and undertakes a raft of arduous tasks until the hatchings paddle into the sea.

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Simple fisherfolk collect Olive Ridley eggs, watch over them and finally see little hatchings through to the sea. They are the cogs that drive a massive conservation effort, as LALITHASAI finds out during a turtle walk.

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