Nature & Wildlife

Olive Ridleys find new haven in East Godavari

KAKINADA

Come December, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles come all the way from the Indian Ocean to the shores of the Bay of Bengal in search of suitable places for nesting.

The seashores in Odisha are the most sought after sites for these turtle varieties to lay eggs before swimming back to the Indian Ocean. But, of late, more and more species are finding the islands in East Godavari district safe abodes for nesting, reports The Hindu.

There has been a steady increase in the number of these seasonable visitors arriving at the Hope Island, Sacemento Island, Yellaiahpeta and Surasani Yanam. The turtles enter the Bay of Bengal in the second week of December every year and find a suitable place to lay their eggs in a week to 10 days. After laying the eggs in the sandy stretches, they begin their return journey. Hatching takes place naturally and the baby turtles too swim back to the Indian Ocean by June every year.

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