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What You Should Know About the Chennai Turtle Walk

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 5 months ago

Turtles may look very tough, but they are an endangered breed of species. The Chennai Turtle Walk is a movement to save this unique creature from extinction along the coastal lines of India.

If a layman is asked about the whereabouts or even the identification of turtle, he is most probable either to be lost altogether or get confused with a tortoise. Similar they maybe in look but as far as habitat, behavior, characteristics and tales from legend go, they are as distinct as the sun from the moon. However for those who are yet to fully know this interesting breed of sea dwellers, they are one of the oldest known living creatures whose numbers are fast reducing due to a host of collective reasons. In order to protect some existing near the coastal lines in India, Chennai Turtle Walk was initiated recently, so book your tours to Chennai immediately.

Chennai Turtle Walk – How did it Start?

As suggestive of the name itself, it caters to the cause of keeping up the responsibility of turtle preservation by a group of ardent turtle and nature lovers. Chennai being a major hub for all interests and activity related to the deep sea and oceans, this activity was well-received by the Samaritans community. Book your Chennai tours in South India in order to take up this initiative. 

As a consequence of dedicated awareness programs, the turnout was positive and encouraging as a welcome surprise to the organizers. The endangered species of Olive Ridley Turtles are highly sought after and revered by a vast range of enthusiasts, who do not mind spending quality time and funds for this generous cause. The Chennai Turtle Walk though came about from a different point of view and a novel cause this time around. Chennai is the capital and very important city for those planning a holiday in Tamil Nadu.

What is the Primary Initiative of Chennai Turtle Walk?

Around a sizable group of a hundred motivated individuals took some time out in a collective spirit to walk the beaches in the dead of night. The motive here was common among the sensitive group involved in the Chennai Turtle Walk. In between their slow and careful walks, they would stop people wherever they found them and searched genuinely for eggs and hatchlings with turtles embedded. This was done in order to safeguard them from others on prowl from preying on them and thereby release and guide the turtles back to their safety in the deep waters.

This initiative has been followed for more than 20 years now, and in 2011, the record number of saved turtles stood at a healthy figure of close to 90. The sincere endeavor was worth in gold for all those who have an idea about the levels of danger that surround the cause of preserving turtles. 

A few operators conduct these walks in Chennai. Contact : Arun - 9789864166 and Akila - 9940300200, or mail at sstchchennai@gmail.com to know more about these tours. 

Saving Turtles from Danger

Unknown to most, even to those from the wildlife and rare species protecting authorities, these turtles are often dug up while still in hatchlings and consumed directly by stray dogs and ignorant local people. As these turtles head immediately for the coastal zones with light after emerging from the eggs, their dawn of lifetime in the dark is quite endangered right from the word go. Thus, a community of caring youth has taken this up as initiative to see to it that through the medium of annual Chennai Turtle Walks, the turtle community survives.

Fortunately enough, there is plenty of widespread concern and care for species such as elephants, tigers and cheetahs, which fosters a collective awareness. However, when the question of turtles arises, people are not even aware of their existence! Chennai Turtle Walks is indeed a commendable initiative to save this endangered species.

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Very Good initiative. Can be extended for other endangered species.
Posted by sooria vaseekaran 4 year, 23 days ago

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