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Hawksbill Turtle Dead

We were doing the routine night walk for the protection of the Olive Ridley Turtles on the February 1st night with the Reddy Kuppam Kannatur, Kadal Aamai Padhukavalargall member Mahesh. In the dark, we suddenly saw something in the form of a small sized Turtle , then after using the flash light , we were surprised to see that the small form was a dead juvenile Hawksbill Turtle.

The Hawksbill Turtles usually are found only in the Gulf Of Mannar region and the sea of Andaman Nicobar Islands. It was indeed a very rare sight but sad too as the Turtle was wounded under its head and near the back flippers and tail area. It looked perfect from the top view , a beautiful specimen.

The Hawksbill do not frequent the waters of the Chennai coast so I do not know how and why the juvenile got washed ashore at Reddy Kuppam Kannathur.

- Dr. Supraja Dharini

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