Olive Ridley An Endangered Turtles In Odisha Laid 3.55 Lakh Eggs In A Week
Over the last couple of years, many news on Olive Ridley, an endangered turtles washing ashore on Odisha and Andhra beaches made environmentalists apprehensive. The endangered species was found dead in large numbers after getting trapped in illegal fishing boats and nets, setting off an alarm for wildlife conservationists.
However, today’s good news is that the Ridley turtles may have just turned the tide around in their favor. According to an official statement released on Monday, the turtle laid 3.55 lakh eggs which were a record number. The news has conservationists dancing with joy for it brings with it the prospect of saving the reptiles from extinction.
Ashish Kumar Behera, the Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer, told as quoted, “Over 3,55,000 eggs have been laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles within a week of mass nesting in the Rushikulya river mouth of Ganjam coast, making a record. The turtles had laid around 3,09,000 eggs last year.”
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He also added that they were still calculating the number of eggs and it may go up to 4 lakh as the process of laying eggs that began on February 13 ended on February 20. The Forest Department has now put in place with high security to ensure that the turtles could safely hatch their eggs.
“We have already made all the arrangements, including establishing observation camps. The coast has been fenced with nets and has started thorough patrolling in the sea for the protection of the turtles and their eggs during the mass nesting,” added Ashish Kumar Behera.
After laying eggs, the female turtles would go deep into the sea without waiting to see the hatches. They would emerge after around 45 days of nesting.
Olive Ridley, the smallest of the sea turtle species gets its name from the olive green color of its shell. The turtles were unique because of their synchronized mass nesting, when tens and thousands of female turtles crawl to the sea beach, in a well-coordinated manner, to nest for a few days.
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