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Olive ridley turtles hatch in Mumbai for first time in two decades

Olive ridley turtles have hatched in Mumbai for the first time in two decades, delighting wildlife conservationists. Pictured are turtles making their way to the ocean at Rushikulya beach in Ganjam district last April. (Photo by: ASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

Tiny olive ridley turtles have hatched in India’s financial capital Mumbai for the first time in two decades after a major cleanup of a beach, officials said Friday (23). Dozens of the threatened species cracked out of their egg shells and slowly waddled their way into the Arabian sea off Versova beach on Thursday (22), delighting wildlife conservationists. “We found around 90-95 olive ridley hatchlings… and the volunteers safely released them to the sea,” Prashant Deshmukh, an environmental officer with the Maharashtra state government, told a news source. “The turtles have returned to Mumbai’s coastline after nearly 20 years. This…

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