Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Gahirmatha, Dec 8:
Thousands of Olive Ridley turtles have started breeding after coming ashore at Odisha’s Gahirmatha in Kendrapara district ahead of their nesting season.
According to reports, thousands of turtles have thronged the beaches along the Bay of Bengal at Babubali, Agarnashi-I, Nasi-II, Habalikhati, Barunei, Satabhaya and Pentha within 200 mts to 1.5 kms from coastline for mating in the sanctuary.
It is the most favourable period of mating for Olive Ridley turtles. As the breeding process has started at the opportune time this year, the mass egg laying will start at the right time, said a forest official.
Notably, the mass egg laying phenomenon of this rare species turtle was first spotted in 1975 throughout ten kms long coast at Gahirmatha.
Since then, Olive Ridley turtles’ arrival, mating and mass egg laying has turned a subject of interest for wildlife experts following which government has restricted fishing activities in the area for their safety breeding.