Kendrapara, Feb 11 (LocalWire) Sporadic nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles has recently started at the Gahiramatha Beach, in the Kendrapara district.
About 20 turtles have already laid eggs within two days, officials said on Tuesday.
The forest officials are on a high alert to protect these turtles and their eggs on the beach, forest range officer Debashis Bhoi told LocalWire.
To protect the eggs from predatory animals, the forest department has established hatcheries at Aagarnasi, Pentha and Babubali within the beach, he said.
The forest guards are collecting eggs from the pits to put inside the hatcheries. All the hatcheries have been covered with plastic nets to prevent the entry of any predators, he added.
Last year, around 4.70 Lakh sea turtles nested from 26th February to 7th March on the Nasi-1 and Nasi- 2 islands.
“We have established 15 turtle protection camps including three offshore camps at Agaranashi, Barunei and Babubali islands to protect them,” he added.
The officer further said that the officials of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) have recently put off the lights near the integrated missile testing center at Abdul Kalam Island for a safer arrival of turtles as artificial lightning disorients hatching turtles and adult females in ways that can be deadly.
To protect the endangered marine species, the state government has already banned all types of fishing within 20 km of the Ganiramatha Marine Sanctuary from 1st November, 2019 to 31st May, 2020. The Gahiramatha Beach is the largest nesting site of the sea turtles across the world.
Edited by Meenal Singh