At least 170,000 endangered female Olive Ridley turtles have laid their eggs in the protected Gahirmatha sanctuary, a famed nesting site in coastal Orissa, during the past 11 days, an official said Saturday.
The turtles came ashore from the Bay of Bengal and laid their eggs in the south beach of Nasi Island-2 in Gahirmatha, located in the coastal district of Kendrapada, some 174 km from here, Divisional Forest Officer P.K. Behera said.
“The turtles began mass nesting on Feb 24 and since then every day large numbers of turtles were arriving for nesting. Today (Saturday) too, about 1,000 turtles nested there,” Behera told IANS on phone from the nesting site.
“All the turtles have nested along a one kilometre-long and 60 meter-wide area of the beach,” he said.
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