Bhubaneswar: About five lakh olive ridley turtles laid eggs at Gahirmatha beach in Kendrapara district in three days at the beginning of their nesting season.
According to the forest department report, while 88 thousand turtles laid eggs on March 9, the number grew to 2,14,058 the next day, on March 10.
The department has pinned its hopes on this year’s number as the first two days have proved encouraging.
The department has made elaborate safety arrangements for the safe nesting of the turtles.
Apart from Gahirmatha, around 1.5 lakh Olive Ridley turtles had laid eggs on the first day of their mass nesting which started near the mouth of Rushikulya river, around 50 km from Berhampur town in Ganjam district.