Olive Ridley turtles begin nesting at second Orissa beach

Thousands of Olive Ridley turtles crawled ashore from the Bay of Bengal Monday, after a month’s delay, at the Rushikulya beach in Orissa’s Ganjam district to lay their eggs, an official said.

Rushikulya beach, about 175 km from here, is one of the three mass nesting sites in the state. Turtle lovers and experts were worried, since mass nesting had occurred here Feb 14 last year.

“More than three thousand turtles climbed ashore today for mass nesting,” Divisional Forest Officer AK Jena said.

“The turtles began mass nesting at around 1.00 a.m. and continued during the early hours,” Biswajit Mohanty, coordinator of the turtle conservation group Operation Kachhapa, said from the site.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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