Once the turtle lays the eggs, the forest officials uncover the eggs from the earth and bury them in a safe place where they keep track of these eggs.
Here is how they keep records of all the eggs.
This is the close – up and you can see the records they keep.
In about 45 days, all the eggs are hatched and you see the small, soft tips of their heads emerging out from the ground. I have tried to capture the moment in this pic below:
You can see an egg still lying in the ground on the right hand side while at the center you can spot two baby turtles trying to come up.
Within 4-5 hours of time, all the eggs are hatched. The forest officials then collect these hatchlings, wash them with water and collect them in a bucket.
Here is a close up of two baby turtles who are racing up the bucket.
|Baby Turtles at Kalipur Beach|
These baby turtles are then released into the sea. Here is an interesting thing. These many turtles are released on the beach next to sea. The officials just pick them out from the bucket and place them on the beach. But from their instincts, these one day or may be just few hours born turtles know where they have to go. Look at the pictures below. At the time of releasing the turtles, they are in different directions but the moment you leave them, they all know where they have to go and the head straight to the sea! How wonderful it is. One must watch this to feel the experience.
And see how they found their direction..
At the sight of these lovely baby turtles, I could not resist picking up one in my palm and feel it.
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