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While India Is On Lockdown, Olive Ridley Turtles Start Nesting On Odisha Coast



With the reduction in pollution levels due to lockdown amidst coronavirus outbreak, marine life is reviving and recouping with peace.

Sea turtles of the Olive Ridley breed have arrived happily ashore to mass nest at the 6 km long Rushikulya beach in Ganjam district of Odisha in the last 5 days. 

These sea turtles are rare and popular owing to their mass nesting. Every year they happen to reach the Odisha coast and other Indian shores in their nesting season. This part of the Odisha coast is the largest favorable nesting site in the country. 

As per the OWO (Odisha Wildlife Organization), almost 50% of the global population of these beautiful rare turtles arrive at the coast of Odisha for mass nesting. 

According to Amlan Nayak, DFO( Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer), it is around 2 in the morning of 22nd March 2020, that approximately 2,000 female Olive Ridley sea turtles began arriving out of the sea water at the beach.

The female Olive Ridley sea turtles return to the same coast of India from where they happen to be hatched for laying their eggs. This particular coast of Odisha is reportedly the largest site for mass nesting of these rare sea turtles. 

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