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Watch: 1.48 crore Olive Ridley turtles hatch in Odisha’s Gahirmatha beach

The uninhabited island was witness to a rare natural occurrence -- the birth of Olive Ridley turtles without their mothers.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 11, 2021 10:46:23 am
Olive Ridley turtles, Olive Ridley turtles videos, Olive Ridley turtles hatching, Odisha, Gahirmatha Island, Olive Ridley turtles in, Gahirmatha Island, Viral video, Trending news, Indian Express newsThis year, around 3.49 lakh female turtles turned up for mass nesting, which is also called 'arribada'.

Around 1.48 crore baby Olive Ridley turtles hatched at Gahirmatha beach in Odisha, officials told news agency PTI on May 8. The uninhabited island was witness to a rare natural occurrence — the birth of baby turtles without their mothers.

Several pictures and videos of the baby turtles breaking out of their eggshells and making their way into the sea are now widely shared on social media. “A total of 1.48 crore of baby turtles have broken out of eggshells to mingle in the Gahirmatha seawaters till Thursday, marking the grand culmination of the annual sojourn of Olive Ridley sea turtles to this unmanned Gahirmatha Island,” Bikash Ranjan Dash, the Divisional Forest Officer of Bhitarkanika Mangrove (Wildlife) told the news agency.

Around 2.98 lakh nests were dug by female turtles to lay eggs at the Nasi-ii Island, close to defence installation at the Wheelers’ Island, Dash said, adding that round-the-clock vigil is being maintained to ensure the safety of the newborns.

The turtles reportedly began hatching on April 25 and the process has now almost come to an end. After emerging from the nests, the baby turtles loiter on the beach for an hour or so before starting their journey towards the sea, he added.

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According to PTI, the Gahirmatha beach is regarded as one of the largest breeding grounds for the turtle species, which is listed as endangered.

This year, around 3.49 lakh female turtles turned up for mass nesting, which is also called ‘arribada’.

Olive Ridley sea turtle also, commonly known as the Pacific Ridley sea turtle are the second-smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world. They are primarily found in warm and tropical waters, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and also in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean

(With inputs from PTI)

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