Sathyabhama University in association with Fisheries Department of Tamil Nadu conducted “Sand Sculpting Contest” to raise awareness on the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles at Palavakkam Beach on 10thFebruary 2019, 1 to 3 PM.
Olive Ridley Turtles are endangered and find refuge in the beaches of Chennai. ‘Save a Turtle’ campaign along with the Department of Fisheries is aimed at creating awareness of this situation and educating on saving these species. Nearly 500 Sculptors from various Colleges, Schools & Corporate has sculpted 150 objects on the theme of ‘Turtles & Seashore’.
• Turtle lays between 60 to 160 eggs at a time.
• Male turtle never comes to land.
• Turtle have been in earth for 150 million years.
• Turtles are the gardeners of the ocean.
• Turtles return to the same place where it was born to lay eggs.
• Olive Ridley are the one of the smallest of sea turtles.
• Olive Ridley turtles live up to 50 years.
• Olive Ridley turtles are mostly carnivores.
• The shell length measures up to 2 feet.
• The come together as group to lay eggs. This is called Arribada.
• The Turtle leaves trail in the seashore. This is called Crawl.
• Only 1 in a 1000 survives.
• Turtles travel around 12000 kms per year