Review on Sea Turtle Nesting Grounds of Tamil Nadu

C. Sudhan *

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India

P. Jawahar

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India

G. Sugumar

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India

S. David Kingston

Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Sea turtles are a large-shelled, oviparous animal, inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas  throughout the world, except in polar-regions that plays a vital role in balancing the marine ecosystem. According to Hindu culture, they were called “Kurmavatara”, which were the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sea turtle populations in Tamil Nadu have been depleted, due to their overuse in trade and from accidental drowning in fishing gears such as gill nets and trawlers. During this review, 10 coastal districts were studied from literature sources and the review could identify more than 65 nesting sites for sea turtles along the coasts of Tamil Nadu, excluding islands of Gulf of Mannar.

 

Keywords: Turtle, nesting grounds, nesting sites, Tamil Nadu


How to Cite

Sudhan, C., P. Jawahar, G. Sugumar, and S. David Kingston. 2018. “Review on Sea Turtle Nesting Grounds of Tamil Nadu”. Advances in Research 13 (5):1-12. https://doi.org/10.9734/AIR/2018/36716.

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