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Kosgoda Turtle hatchery

Kosgoda, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
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Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach.
Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are two to four days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.
The beaches of Sri Lanka are the nesting grounds for five species of marine turtles. They are the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. All five species have been recorded to nest along specific areas of Sri Lanka’s coast.
According to statistics from 1996 to 1999, nearly 100,000 sea turtles were hatched and released to the sea from these hatcheries. A growing interest is manifest in the field of turtles everywhere in the world.

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