The eggs are expected to start hatching in the next seven to eight weeks, he said. Katdare said the turtles start arriving in coastal Maharashtra for breeding as soon as the temperatures dip. The arrival of the turtles also marks the start of the SNM’s annual Turtle Festival in February in Velas, one of the selected beaches.
“This season (2012-13), we have decided to hold the Turtle Festival in four different beaches of the Konkan region," Katdare said.
The festival will be organised at Velas beach, followed by Harihareshwar, Maral and Diveagar beaches.