Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles nest in peace at empty Odisha beaches during lock down in India-Is this an act of balance by nature?


2020-03-28 07:04:42

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The Balance of the Animal World is, throughout all Ages, kept even, and by a curious Harmony and just Proportion between the increase of all Animals, and the length of their Lives, the World is through all Ages well, but not over-stored- William Derham

According to the Forest Department, over 2,78,502 mother turtles became a part of the day-time nesting activity. Over 72,142 Olive Ridleys have arrived at the beach to dig nests and lay eggs.

The Gahirmatha Beach and Odisha’s Rushikulya Rookery is now witnessing the arrival of lakhs of Olive Ridleys. These rare sea turtles are renowned for their mass nesting and they come to Indian shores and Odisha’s coast every nesting season; the areas are their largest nesting site in the region. People have taken to Twitter to share the good news and the pictures of lakhs of turtles nesting undisturbed is simply overwhelming.

Every year, the Forest Department creates hatcheries along the Indian coast. Once nesting is completed, it releases the hatchlings into the sea. According to the Odisha Wildlife Organisation ( OWO), nearly 50 per cent of the world population of these rare turtles come to Odisha’s coast for nesting. However, making the eggs hatch successfully is the biggest challenge as they get eaten up by strays or are destroyed by fishing boats over time as the incubation period of the eggs is 45 days.

From the ancient Greeks to the Lion King, people have sought balance in nature—but the real world isn’t like that- nationalgeographic.com

Source: timesofindia, scoopwhoop.com, twitter.com, businessinsider.in, nationalgeographic.com