In the month of March we visited Kalipur beach in Diglipur, North and Middle Andamans which is known for its turtle nesting grounds.
This beach is the only place in the world that boasts of nesting by four types of sea turtles viz., Leatherback turtle, Olive Ridley, Green Turtles and HawksBill. The nesting usually goes on from December to February. Here, after the turtles lay their eggs, forest officials pick the eggs and bury them in a safe place for hatching so as to avoid any kind of damage to the eggs. Once the eggs are hatched, which usually takes 45 days time, a person on duty collects the baby turtles and leaves them into the sea! The picture below captures such a scene.. though in a blurred sight..
The small baby turtles that we see in the picture below were born at 2pm on the same day and at around 11 am, the guard released them into the sea.
I had good fun watching these baby turtles lying in a basket.. and later being released in the ocean. The best part of the whole adventure was that few baby turtles were so smart that within few seconds, they were floating in the water.. with their neck above the surface.. and they sped so fast in the water that by the time we released all of them, these fast ones had covered a long distance. But some of them were the real tortoise (remember the hare n tortoise story?). They couldnt even move properly on the sand. They were moving aimlessly to their left and right but reached out to the water eventually. Notice the small red circles in the pic below. (sorry for the blur in the picture. My camera ran out of battery just when I needed it the most!)
One wonderful thing that the guard told us about these baby turtles was that when he put all the turtles on the ground.. none of them traveled towards the beach! And we could see it. Somehow all of them knew that they had to go into the water.. to their permanent habitat and that the water was downwards..!
Mother nature is great. We all are born with some instincts. God gives us those instincts and they become our guiding lights.
With this post, you, the readers, have another reason to visit Andamans in the winter season.