Turtles released in Nusa Dua – Bali

As many as 70 baby Olive Ridley turtles were guided into the Indian Ocean from the white sandy beach of Nusa Dua, Bali, on a beautiful sunny afternoon last weekend.

Nusa Dua - Bali

The release was coordinated by the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa and witnessed by over 300 hotel guests, tourists and representatives from the Bali Sea Turtle Society.

The mother turtle laid the eggs in the sand about 53 days before the release day and the resort management set up a protective zone around the eggs.

The hotel assigned a dedicated team to monitor the eggs on a daily basis to ensure the eggs hatched successfully. The freshly hatched turtles were kept on a seawater pool inside the resort for one night so visitors could see and learn about them.

Members of the Bali Sea Turtle Society shared their knowledge with participants before they released the turtles.

The Olive Ridley is a medium-sized sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The carapace length of average adult turtle ranges from 60 to 70 centimeters.

Turtle conservation and release is a popular attraction at many beaches throughout Indonesia.

This was not the first occasion the resort had been blessed by turtle eggs. In June 2012, 110 babies were released and at the current time, there are still two more egg sites being monitored by the environmental team. It is estimated they will hatch in the next three weeks.

General manager of the resort Urs Klee said Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa resorts environmental team were committed to providing support to a wide variety of conservation activities.

“Having the mother turtles laying eggs here is like a gift from nature. We hope the baby turtles will be able to survive in the ocean and come back to this beach to lay their eggs in the future,” Klee said in a release provided to The Jakarta Post Travel on Tuesday.

Source: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/turtles-released-in-nusa-dua–4JD6cimSkjqRFG0H.html

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