Olive Ridley Conservation Project, Velas
Velas Turtle Festival is a famous ecotourism festival which helps in the conservation of endangered Olive Ridley turtles at Velas beach in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve these Olive Ridleys by providing protection to their eggs from potential threats. The locals here actively participate in this project and work extremely hard to protect the little hatchlings.
According to a study conducted in Orissa, it is estimated that only 1 of the 1000 hatchlings make it to adulthood. Also, even the slightest change in the environment or pollution at their nesting sites may result in the female turtles abandoning the sites and not returning back in order to lay eggs. Hence, the stakes for conservation of this fragile species and its nesting sites is higher today than it was in the past.