Orissa sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates sand sculpture to save Olive Ridley turtle

The Orissa coast is the one of the main mass nesting center in the world map for the Olive Ridley turtle since time immemorial.

One of the good news is that an estimated 1.8 lakh female Olive Ridley turtles have so far arrived en-masse to lay eggs, a unique natural phenomenon, at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Kendrapara district. The hatching takes place about 30 to 40 days after the nesting and the babies emerge out of their respective nests and start their journey towards the sea without their mothers.

International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today created awareness campaign through his sand sculpture at Puri beach. He has created many sandy eggs from which hatching takes place and a mother turtle giving message “Save my baby”. Pattnaik said since the olive Ridley turtles arrived from miles to our place for laying eggs, so we should protect their eggs for baby turtles. So we can save our wildlife .Sudarsan used 30 tones of sands and took 8 hours to create this sculpture.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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