Sunday 5-15pm: Walk through the Urur Olcott Kuppam towards the SSTCN hatchery, to see the baby turtles being released. Unfortunately, only my mobile phone camera at hand.
The wonderful designs on the sand made by their flippers and bellies.
The sand is smoothened to allow them an easy waddle to the waterline.
Off they went!
Unfortunately, it was not to be. After this, they were all hastily recollected, poor things, and placed back into the basket, as a phone call came saying that the turtles were to take part in a research on their reactions to different colours of light.
I wished I could tell the babies to calm down and relax, but they continued their frenzied movement in the basket. We left, (my son and I) as it got dark, and it would be another couple of hours before they would be actually let out again. I hope they were not too tired to make their journey into the sea...
Maybe I will go for the complete walk next time - from Neelangarai to Besant Nagar, though the thought of no sleep is a bit intimidating - the walks are through the night.
Nice to see the amazingly dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who do this day in and day out, year after year. Low budget, no fanfair, minimal overheads, and a lot achieved.