Mass hatching of Olive Ridley turtles starts in Orissa Coast

Olive Ridleys off the Orissa coast
Bivash Pandav
After laying around 100 eggs in a nest, mother turtles return to the sea.

Mass hatching of Olive Ridley turtles has started in the Orissa Coast. During the past two nights, around 4 lakh hatchlings have come out of 50,000 nests. Around 2,54,000 mother turtles have come to nest this year. The hatchlings so far experienced tough conditions for hatching, as light rains had hardened the top layer of the sand, making it hard for them to emerge from the nests. Hundreds of volunteers under the banner of the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee were helping stray hatchlings back into the sea.

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