Its procreation time for the 14-odd protected Olive Ridley Turtle nests at the two nesting sites at Galgibaga and Agonda beaches.
According to forest (Wildlife) sources, 607 baby turtles were hatched from the 726 eggs protected in seven of the eight nests at Galgibaga. The bay turtles were recently released in the sea.
At Agonda, 519 babies were hatched from the 591 eggs in five of the six pits and were released in the Arabian Sea.
According to forest sources, the mortality rate is comparatively less as compared to previous years as 119 eggs at Galgibaga and 72 eggs at Agonda failed to hatch from the 12 pits.
Incidentally, some pits were artificially made by re-planting the turtle eggs brought from other areas and even distant beach shores which were visited by mother turtle in the taluka.
In 2011-12, seven pits consisting of 454 eggs at Galgibaga and eight pits at Agonda with 858 eggs were protected by the forest officials.
In recent years, turtle eggs which were laid at Colomb and Patnem beaches in Canacona were taken out and transferred into pits especially dug at Galgibaga protection site. [H]