Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Feb 20:
With over 3,55,000 eggs laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles within a week of mass nesting in Odisha’s Ganjam coast, the endangered species is all set to beat all time records in the district this year.
Till the wee hours yesterday the Olive Ridley turtles have laid over 3,55,000 eggs along Ganjam coast, said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer Ashish Kumar Behera.
The number of turtles had declined last year due to some unknown reasons. But, the number has increased this year at Gokharkuda and Podampeta-Rushikulya river mouth.
While 3,09,000 eggs were registered last year, it is expected to cross four lakh this year. The forest department has arranged high security for smooth and safe egg laying of the endangered turtles, the forest officer said.