Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited mass nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles have commenced at Rushikulya of Ganjam district on February 20.
Within a span of four days, a record breaking 3,13,679 turtles are mass nesting. The mass nesting is still on and forest officials feel the phenomenon will continue for some more days
It is noteworthy to mention that the turtles nest from November to January. Most hatchlings emerge by after 45 days.
Like every year, the state government has imposed fishing ban with the use of mechanised trawlers along the coast during mass nesting of the Olive Ridley turtles to protect them. Volunteers and forest department officials have been engaged to ensure that turtles do not face any trouble or threat.
Several research scholars from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) along with the tourists throng to the nesting site to witness the unique phenomenon.