An Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) digs a hollow in the sand as she prepares to lay her eggs at Rushikulya Beach, some 140 kilometres (88 miles) south-west of Bhubaneswar, early February 16, 2017. Thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles started to come ashore in the last few days from the Bay of Bengal to lay their eggs on the beach, which is one of the three mass nesting sites in the Indian coastal state of Orissa. Over 3.5 lakh Olive Ridley sea turtles have come to the Nasi-2 beach within the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary for laying eggs. The wildlife department of the state government has made adequate protection for the endangered species for their safe laying of eggs.
(Story – IANS, images – AFP)
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