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They have been relocated to prevent poaching

SAFE NOW:The turtle eggs that were recovered from Pudukuppam in Puducherry on Saturday.
SAFE NOW:The turtle eggs that were recovered from Pudukuppam in Puducherry on Saturday.

The Forest Department has recovered 135 turtle eggs at Pudukuppam, which they have relocated in order to prevent poaching, according to an official.

Relocation

Following information received from one of their volunteers, officials from the department arrived in Pudukuppam in the wee hours of the morning to recover and relocate the eggs that had been laid by an Olive Ridley turtle, the official said.

The biggest threat to turtle eggs is poaching. Repeated poaching has reduced the number of turtles that lay eggs in the Puducherry region. Despite this, four or five hatchlings found their way to the sea last week, the official said.

The eggs that have been relocated will now be monitored for 55 to 60 days by volunteers from the village as well as personnel from the Forest Department, the official said.

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