Under cover of darkness, baby olive ridley turtles hatch from sunwarmed eggs on remote beaches. One of them, the little hatchling who is the narrator of our story, is delighted to make it across the beach and into the ocean without losing her way or being captured by predators.But can our little olive ridley survive the dangers of the ocean? Will she make it past the deadly sharks and the terrible fishing nets and reach adulthood? Will she ever have the pleasure of laying her own brood of eggs ?Find out in this charming life story of an olive ridley turtle, and meet several other interesting creatures along the way … [more]
Riddle of the Ridley by Shekar DattatriThe ‘arribada’ or arrival (in Spanish) of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles on some beaches of Orissa is one of nature’s amazing spectacles. Every year, thousands of ridleys arrive in an orchestrated synchrony to nest on the beaches in Orissa, and one of the only three beaches where the arribada occurs. The book meant for eight-year-olds works equally well with adults briefly going through the life of sea turtles and the threats faced by the species in Orissa particularly. On a positive note, it goes on to talk about the individuals and organisations that have been doggedly working towards the protection of this species. Through unique photographs, ridley facts, and a narrative born out of firsthand experience, award-winning wildlife film-maker Shekar Dattatri makes an impassioned plea to keep the beaches safe and free for the olive ridley… [more]
A story of “Tanu”
Developed by Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), A story of “Tanu” is a firsthand experience of “Tanu” and his family of life at sea and the many dangers it is imperiled with. Tanu, a sea turtle from the Andaman sea, discovers the dangers of fishing and trawl nets in the open cean. After a close call he learns how TEDs can save his family. The book may be a bit sketchy, and misleading in terms of facts and leaves room for much improvement.
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