CANACONA: As expected and in a sudden spurt, the total number of Turtle Nests (Pits) protected at Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (TRC) Agonda has shot up to eight Pits within last three days.
After Agonda TRC received 121 eggs last Friday (12.1.24) as pit number-4 following the lull period, soon filled Pit no.5 with 117 eggs early Sunday morning, followed by another 126 eggs in pit no.6 on the following subsequent day (Tuesday).
With the trend of visits by mother turtles to lay eggs continued, another turtle visited Agonda shore and laid 144 eggs at 6.35 am of Wednesday, while the tally was further increased to 8 pits at the Nursery of TRC Agonda after a lot of 147 eggs laid at Rajbag Beach at 8.20 am also on Tuesday were shifted and transferred to Agonda.
Presently Agonda TRC alone protects 998 eggs of Olive Ridley in 8 different pits, ever since the first pit which is protected at the old Nursery site of Divanbhag area of Agonda beach on 16th November , whereas all other 7 Pits are are erected at the new Nursery site behind the Agonda church, where a new makeshift shed of Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is erected.
The other Turtle nesting Site in South-Goa at Galgibaga TRC, also the headquarters of South-Goa Marine Range has only 2 Pits (after one lot of 142 eggs were shifted and transplanted from Mobor Beach protect a total of 208 olive ridley eggs.
According to Forest rescuers sources, the first batch of Olive Ridley babies are expected anytime soon from the Pit no.1 protected at TRC Agonda on 16th November. It is believed olive ridley eggs takes between 55-58 days of procreation to hatch. The hatchlings are then released into the Arabian sea.