Monday, March 22, 2010

Olive Ridley Turtles Begin Nesting

They have been about a month late this year but to the utter relief of many conservationists, about 20,000 Olive Ridley turtles began to come to the eastern shores of Orissa, to lay their eggs.

Concerns had earlier been raised about the nesting period of these turtles and missile tests happening in the same vicinity. In fact, the State Government had asked the Centre to ban tests for a few months when the turtles were supposed to come.

The arrival has been late this year and although many eggs will be lost to predators, it is hoped that a few of the next generation will make it through the first phase of their life and survive.

Image Credit
Flickr photo by Nodnab Truk

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