July 04, 2019: One Olive Ridley Turtle, 15 to 18 years old was rescued by a team of volunteers in Beejadi seashore in Kundapur taluk. Bharath Bangera, a local man walking on the beach, saw an injured Olive Ridley Turtle struggling in the sand to get back into the water.
He informed the volunteers of Field Services and Inter Cultural Learning (FSL) India, an NGO in Kundapur that does the job of protecting these endangered species of turtle. The volunteers took it to safety and put it in a tub of water for further treatment.
Meanwhile, the volunteers took necessary permission from the Forest Department officials and Dr Vagesh, veterinary doctor from Kundapur, began treating the turtle.
Venkatesh Sheregar, senior programme manager, FSL India Kundapur, said that volunteers of Clean Kundapur Project (CKP) assisted the FSL volunteers in safeguarding the Olive Ridley Turtle, the turtle is recovering now. ‘‘It appears that the injured turtle would have suffered the break in its right flipper after being hit by the underwater run fan of a fishing boat,” he added.
“In March, the volunteers of FSL had sighted 100 eggs of Olive Ridley Turtle and the hatchlings were released into the sea after due care was taken,” he said.
Sheregar also said that it is not yet known as to how many days the turtle would take to recover from the injury and swim back in the sea. “Once the veterinary doctors think it has recovered completely, we will release it into the sea,” he added.