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For Olive Ridleys its paradise lost
Mar 08, 2017

In news:

Tens of thousands of eggs laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles this year in Gahirmatha Sanctuary in Odisha, one of the world’s largest nesting grounds, are getting destroyed due to shrinking coastal space.

A cause of worry:

  • The Odisha Forest and Environment Department estimates that 6,04,046 turtles have come to lay eggs at Nasi II island of Gahirmatha from February 22. The turtles had largely given the island a miss in 2016, with only 50,000 coming to nest.
  • Since the small island could not host all those that turned up this year, only 50% of eggs may survive.
  • A female sea turtle scoops beach sand out to lay 80 to 120 eggs, but its effort is undone when a second digs at the same place to lay its own. This season, turtles are estimated to have laid close to 60 million eggs along a 1,000-metre beach of Nasi II.

Gahirmatha wildlife sanctuary:

  • Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is a marine wildlife sanctuary located in Odisha.
  • It extends from Dhamra River mouth in the north to Mahanadi river mouth in the south. 
  • Gahirmatha Sanctuary is one of the world’s largest nesting grounds.
  • Gahirmatha once had 32 km of beach and nesting area of 1,80,000 square metres.
  • The small strip of islands of Gahirmatha are the proper nesting place for the turtles since there are no predators and human habitation.

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