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June 18, 2018

Serena Hotel releases 40 endangered baby turtles into the Indian Ocean

Workers release baby turtles into the Indian Ocean after being released from Serena Beach Hotel hatchery on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. /ANDREW KASUKU
Workers release baby turtles into the Indian Ocean after being released from Serena Beach Hotel hatchery on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. /ANDREW KASUKU

At least 40 endangered baby turtles were released into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.

Scores or foreign and local tourists were treated to the rare sight as the reptiles were released at the beach.

The 40 were part of the 1,400 eggs, all of which are expected to hatch this week.

The hatcheries hosted at the Serena Beach Resort beachfront have been in existence since 1992.

Serena resident naturalist Samuel Ndunda said the hotel has been spearheading efforts to save turtles in Mombasa beaches.

Among the species bred at the hotel's hatchery include the Green turtle and Hawks Bill.

Sea turtles are among tourist attractions in Coastal Kenya but the existence of the same have been threatened by human beings.

Fishermen and beach operators normally hunt the eggs which are a delicacy among locals.

"We are now working hand in hand with locals to help save the sea turtles," Serena Beach hotel general manager Tuva Mwahunga said.

He said that the management pays the beach operators for collecting eggs and bringing them to the hatchery instead of eating or selling them.

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