“I’m Priyantha, welcome to Silver Green, Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery for the breeding and protection of sea turtles.
There are seven species of sea turtles, five of which can be found here in Sri Lanka. Outside the farm there is a beautiful beach where turtles come during the night to lay their eggs: they dig circular holes in the sand, lay the eggs and cover them up meticulously in order to protect them. When they’re done, they return to the ocean.
In our hatchery there are many sea turtles buried under the sand. They normally hatch within 65 days after being laid. When the baby turtles come out of the eggs we keep them in the tanks for a few days before releasing them onto the beach. Then they walk into the ocean on their own.
There are many people who kill sea turtles all over the world: they sell their eggs illegally to people who eat them, or to make various objects… We want to protect them, so this is why we keep the eggs inside our hatchery.
Sea turtles lay eggs three times a year, more than a hundred eggs each time, always on the same beach. They live about 100 years on average and start producing eggs after 30 years. In the hatchery we keep one sea turtle per species for a limited amount of time, mainly for guided tours and school programs. After three or four years we release them into the ocean.
We started a sea turtles conservation project because sea turtles are facing extinction. It’s a private project that survives mainly thanks to people’s donations”.