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Pollution, shrinking beaches forcing turtles away

26 June 2011

PANAJI: A combination of several factors, including seaward and land-based pollution and shrinkage of the beach, may have led to a decline in the number of turtles nesting on Goa’s beaches, say marine zoologists.

The state’s beaches lack geological properties for hosting mother turtles, but still a limited number of them arrive for nesting, Zakir Ansari, scientist-emeritus at NIO, said. The beach sub stratum is a major factor as they choose a spot with the least environmental hindrances. “They prefer a particular grain size of sand, neither coarse nor very fine, for easy digging of their nests,” Ansari said, adding that this is the reason why they prefer specific locations on beach stretches……

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Pollution-shrinking-beaches-forcing-turtles-away/articleshow/9005596.cms

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June 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

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