Releasing Baby Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in India


From December through March, the females come during the night to dig with their flippers and lay eggs in the sand on the very beach were they were born. They are endangered; few of their babies will hatch and even fewer will survive long enough to lay their own eggs. Fisherman’s Cove, a hotel just south of Chennai, India (our home for three years), has an Olive Ridley turtle conservation program. After the female turtles lay their eggs, hotel employees gather and keep them safe until hatching. My kids, along with some of their friends from the local international school, were fortunate to be part of a turtle release. The wonder and joy on the children’s faces and the gentleness they exhibited in meeting and helping these babies gives me hope. I hear the Oncler’s voice, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot….”

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“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”    ~ Baba Dioum

3 thoughts

  1. Taking time and effort to care — and teaching kids to do the same — is so important. What a wonderful experience of caring. Watching those little turtles working their way into the water is amazing, isn’t it!

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