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The Zoological Survey of India has started tagging endangered olive ridleys to track their migration path in the off-shore waters of Odisha on Tuesday.
The ZSI scientists took six turtles floating in the deep water of the Bay of Bengal and attached the tags made of aluminum before releasing them back in the sea.
“Tags were attached to six including four female and two male turtles. Basic information such as their weight and length was recorded by the researchers,” said Amlan Nayak, Divisional Forest Officer of Berhampur.
Mr. Nayak said the ZSI would tag 30,000 turtles to know where they come from and go to.
The Rushikulya beach is one of the largest mass nesting sites for sea turtles where 3,23,062 were enumerated last year.
Currently, the turtles are mating in the Bay of Bengal. They would come to the beach to lay eggs in February.
Lakhs of endangered turtles congregate for mass nesting along the Odisha coast including the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, the Rushikulya river mouth and the Devi river mouth annually.
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) had last conducted a similar study in 2007-2010 to know the migration path. The study was then carried out to know…
Berhampur: The Odisha Forest Department on Tuesday launched the tagging of Olive Ridley sea turtles at Rushikulya mouth near Berhampur to make further research on the elusive sea creatures.
The tags are not GPS-enabled; rather the protected turtles will sport physical tags which will be uniquely numbered.
A total of six turtles were tagged on Tuesday, out of which two were male and four females.
The drive was undertaken by the Odisha Forest and Environment Department in collaboration with the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI). As per reports, the exercise is being done by the government after a gap of 25 years. The last such drive was reportedly held in 1995/96.
The decision in this regard was taken by a high-power committee under the chairmanship of the Odisha Chief Secretary.
Speaking to the media, the DFO of Berhampur, Amlan Nayak said, “Initially, the Wildlife Institute of India and the Zoological Survey of India were entrusted with the task of tagging the turtles. However, we commenced the drive today in collaboration with the ZSI.”
“The primary purpose of tagging is to gain more knowledge on their movement. We wanted to know, where they are moving after laying eggs here on Rushikulya…
John Ridley’s Next Batman, Tim Fox, has launched as part of Future State, and he’s a hit! His first appearances have already gone back to print. And now DC has announced the character’s adventures will continue in The Next Batman: Second Son, a digital first mini-series which launches February 23rd. Tony Akins, Travel Foreman and Mark Morales supply the art.
Although listed as a mini-series, the exact length isn’t mentioned; however, the first three digital chapters will be collected for the first print series, launching on April 6.
Following the four issue Future State: The Next Batman, Tim Fox will appear in a short story in Batman: Black and White #3 (on sale February 23), as well as the Second Son digital series.
If you’re fretting about reading everything in print, the whole debut storyline will be collected June 29 in the Batman by John Ridley Deluxe Edition, a 128-page hardcover collection. Contents will include a new original story by Ridley with art by Dustin Nguyen, and collect Future State: The Next Batman issues #1-#4, in addition to stories from Batman: Black and White and “Family Ties,” from Batman: The Joker War Zone #1.
Now that the…