Berhampur/Kendrapara: A large number of Olive Ridley sea turtles has flocked Odisha seashores for mass nesting this year.
As many as 2.42 lakh olive ridleys crawled ashore at a beach in Berhampur for laying eggs this year. The State Forest & Environment Department has made arrangements for safe nesting by enforcing restrictions on movement of fishing boats and illegal activities near the nesting site.
“We will ensure that no problems occur during mass nesting,” informed Berhampur DFO Amlan Nayak.
Meanwhile, about 2.45 lakh endangered sea turtle species have arrived at Nasi-II beach of Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary along the Odisha coast for annual nesting.
The forest officials assume that the sea turtles will lay their eggs and hatchlings will come out safely due to perfect climate condition.
“The slope at Gahirmatha beach is in perfect condition for the turtles to climb up. Also, the southerly wind is making the atmosphere conducive for the species to congregate for laying eggs,” said Rajnagar DFO Jagyandatt Pati.