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Mass nesting of Ridley turtles begins at Gahirmatha


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Feb 13:

The nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles has begun along the Nasi beach under Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary limits since a week.olive ridley turtle

“We have spotted some female sea turtles laying eggs near the beach. We hope that their number would increase substantially within a month”, said Rajnagar Mangrove and Wildlife division DFO Kedar Kumar Swain.

The DFO said necessary steps have been taken to ensure safe nesting of these turtles.

“We have intensified patrolling along the coast to provide a serene atmosphere for the endangered species”, he said.

According to official sources, about 20 nests were sighted at Nasi-II island in the last couple of days whereas about a dozen of nests were spotted at Nasi-I island.

Besides, 13 onshore camps and two off shore camps have been set up along the coast including Babubali and Agrnashi areas where long rang telescopes have been placed to keep track of the illegal entry of trawlers to the sanctuary, Swain informed.

It may be noted that the Bhitarkanika forest officials have imposed a six-month ban on fishing around 20 km off the shore from November 1, last year to May 31 this year.