GPS attached to 10 endangered turtles to monitor their movement in the Sundarbans River

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To track the movement of an endangered turtle called Batagur Baska or Pora Katha, a GPS transmitter device was attached to 10 of them before they were released into the Sundarbans River on Wednesday. These turtles – six females and three males – capable of reproduction, were released into the Sundarbans River.

GPS transmitters were installed on the bodies of ten turtles to monitor their nature and movements. As a result, more information should become available on this nearly extinct species. The initiative is part of the Sundarbans Tiger Project, which plans to monitor the movements of these endangered species to gather information on their reproduction and adaptation to the environment.

According to the Forest Department, this particular type of turtle once inhabited the Sundarbans, as well as the coast of Malaysia via Myanmar and Thailand. But now the species is on the brink of extinction and has been listed as an endangered species.

Several years ago, in 1995-96, the Forest Department collected olive ridley or Katha sea turtle eggs from the beach and hatched them. But among these newborn turtles, the forest department found the Batagur Baska species. Since then, the Sundarbans Tiger Project has started the conservation of this species. The Tiger Project has been conserving and breeding this turtle for several years by constructing a separate pond at Sajnekhali in the Sundarbans.

Breeding from just 12 tortoises, Project Tiger now has 360 species of Batagur Baska tortoises. However, with breeding, the forest department has made provision for their conservation and breeding in Sajnekhali, Dobanki and Harikhali regions.

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