Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Came To Nest On Odisha Beach, Now Crores Of Baby Turtles Are Hatching

It has been more than a month (over 40 days) since it was reported the Olive Ridley sea turtles had come ashore for mass nesting at the six-kilometre-long Rushikulya beach of Odisha’s Ganjam district. 

Weeks later, thousands of the eggs hatched and  conservationists posted videos of baby turtles making their way to the sea. 

The beautiful videos of Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the sea, are going viral on social media. 

The eggs started hatching in May and the turtles made their way to the sea uninterrupted, as humans are still under lockdown and beaches are not crowded. 

Susanta Nanda shared on video with the caption, ‘Nearly 2 crore plus olive Ridley hatchlings have emerged & made their way to sea from half of about 4 lakh nesting at Nasi-2 islands, Gahirmatha rookery Odisha’. 

Another video shared by Nanda shows how the hatchlings came out of the sand at night.

The official handle of the Divisional Forest Officer of Bhadrak also shared a video of the turtles leaving their nest, after eggs hatched. 

Olive Ridley sea turtles are known for their mass nesting. They come in large numbers to Indian shores and Odisha’s coast, every nesting season. According to the Odisha Wildlife Organisation ( OWO), nearly 50 per cent of the world population of these rare turtles come to Odisha’s coast for nesting. 

What would have been a little different this nesting season for them, was the lack of human traffic on the beaches. 

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source https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/environment/odisha-beaches-nesting-baby-olive-ridley-sea-turtles-hatching-going-to-sea-512828.html

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