If you visit Sri Lanka between April and September and stay close to Rekawa beach, you will likely have an amazing experience: turtles!
In Sri Lanka, turtles are on the verge of extinction simply because of the human cruelty. One group of volunteers wanted to seek a remedy to this predicament. They formed a Turtle Conservation Project in 1986 to protect the sea turtles. Their main task is to watch out for turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs on the beach. They protect the eggs until they hatch.
If you are interested in visiting the conservation project, you do not have to do much. Drive down to Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. However, it takes a few hours to reach Tangalle if you are in Colombo. The best solution in such an instance is to book a domestic flight like Cinnamon Air and have your time saved up. The most convenient option to reach the south is to take an air taxi. Sri Lanka now has domestic flights to make distance travel easy.
Once you are in the sea turtle farm, you will be surprised to see the little number of staffers working on a massive project. Turtles are considered a rare species on the earth. The historians indicate that the turtles are at least 100 million years old. That is to say, the turtles had existed even during the Dinosaurs’ age.
The turtles are said to meet in one spot of the ocean to mate annually. Following the mating session, the female turtle would come ashore to lay the eggs. That usually happens at nights. The general count of the eggs is 120 at a time. At the hatchery, you will get to see the eggs white in colour and in the shape of ping pong balls. After laying the eggs, these mothers would not care to keep the connection anymore.
The conservation project takes care of the eggs after these turtle mothers get back to the sea. They let the eggs hatch for about 60 days until they crack open. The newborns are about five centimetres in length.
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