Contact lost with three olive ridley turtles tagged with transmitters from Maharashtra coast

The researchers lost contact with three of the five olive ridley turtles attached to the transmitters from the coast of Maharashtra.
The government’s Mangrove Foundation in Maharashtra confirmed that researchers had lost contact with the third turtle, named Saavani, and suspected that the transmitter’s internal battery had run out earlier than expected.

“After actively transmitting his location for 130 days since tagging, Saavani’s transmitter has stopped and hasn’t responded since June 5. It appears to be a case of the internal battery being depleted earlier than expected,” the organization tweeted.

Under the turtle watch project, five series of dams – Prathama, Saavani (on January 25) Vanashree, Rewa and Laxmi (on February 13 and 16) – were tagged with platform dispatch tips, which were fitted with epoxy resin on the armor (hard shell ) turtles on the coast of Ratnagiri district.
Savani was the second olive ridley tortoise, and it traveled 1,960 km from the nesting beach of Angarli to its last site, which was 100 km from the Komta coast in Karnataka.

Of the five, researchers lost contact with the tortoise Laxmi on March 2. He suspected that the transmitter might have failed or the turtle might have died.

There was no signal from Pratama, who was the first tortoise to be fitted with a transmitter, on Vilas Beach. Pratama has traveled 2,700 km. The last post sent was 60 km off the coast of Konkeshwar in the Sindhodorj district.

Speaking to The Indian Express at the start of the project, Dr R Suresh Kumar, Chief Scientist from the Department of Endangered Species Management at the Indian Wildlife Institute in Dehradun, explained the use of the platform’s transmitting stations.

“The transmitter is dynamic hydraulic. It does not interfere and does not cause any obstruction to the turtles. In the case of the hawksbill turtles, which use corals, there are chances of scratching their shell on the reef and thus dropping the transmitter. However, a similar situation is unlikely in the case of the olive ridley species. “The epoxy resin used can withstand the harsh marine environment,” he said.

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