School children have joined hands with officials of the forest department to clean about one kilometer sea beach near river Rushikulya mouth in Orissa’s Ganjam coast to facilitate mass nesting of the Olive Ridley turtles.
Around 50 students of Gopal Krushna High School, Subalaya, today cleared all garbage from the beach between Gokharakuda to Podampeta.
They took around four to five hours to clean the beach, famous for the mass nesting site of sea turtles, said Shankar Narayan Bej, one of the school teachers.
Covering an area of five sq km from Gokharakuda to Purunabandh, the river Rushikulya mouth is now emerging as the second largest rookery in the world for the turtles after Gahiramatha in Kendrapara district.
With mass nesting of the turtles round the corner, it is required to keep the place clean, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Berhampur, A K Jena.