Puri: The forest and wildlife officials have released Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings into the Bay of Bengal (BOB) near Konark and Astarang Wildlife Range.
According to the officials, 775 baby turtles were safely released into the sea in the first phase. Meanwhile, around 62,802 eggs are being incubated at six temporary hatcheries.
The temporary hatcheries had been set up by the forest department for captive breeding of the sea turtles as part of its continuing efforts to protect the endangered species.
It is pertinent to mention here that after Gahirmatha and Rushiukulya river mouths, Konark and Astarang beaches in Puri are other most important sporadic nesting sites for Olive Ridley sea turtles in Odisha.