Mass Nesting Of Olive Ridley Turtles Begins Off Gahirmatha Coast

Kendrapada: The annual mass nesting process of Olive Ridley sea turtles have begun on Kendrapada’s Gahirmatha coast.

Forest personnel on patrolling drives have sighted pairs of mating turtles.

For undisturbed breeding of aquatic animals, prohibition on sea fishing continues to remain in force in the marine sanctuary, said forest officials.

On the serene surface of sea waters, the turtle surveying teams spotted hundreds of mating pairs along the Gahirmatha coast.

After the end of the mating season, most of the male turtles usually return leaving behind the female turtles to lay their eggs.

The female turtles virtually invade the nesting beaches usually in the dead of the night for laying eggs, the phenomenon otherwise described as ‘arribada’.

The turtles then leave the nesting ground to stride into the deep seawater. Hatchlings emerge from these eggs after 45-60 days.

An estimated eight lakh female turtles had turned up to dig pits and lay millions of eggs on the nesting beaches in Odisha in February-March this year.

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