Almost 1.48 crore baby turtles
belonging to the endangered olive Ridley
species have emerged from their eggs at the
Gahirmatha Beach in Odisha’s Kendrapara
district. The uninhabited island started
witnessing the birth of new turtles on
April 25 and the annual event reached its
end in the second week of May. After
emerging from their eggs, the tiny turtles
loiter on the beach for close to an hour
before they start their journey into the sea.
This year, baby turtles emerged from 2.98 lakh nests dug by 3.49 lakh female turtles in the annual mass nesting phenomenon called arribada. Each female turtle can lay around 100 to 120 eggs and the hatching period takes about 45 to 50 days. This year, due to the lockdown following the pandemic, a large number of hatchlings survived as their nests were not damaged by human activity.
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