Olive Ridley turtles come to lay eggs

Kendrapara: Much to the delight of conservationists, around one lakh endangered Olive Ridley turtles have turned up at the serene Gahirmatha beach of Orissa for mass nesting during the last couple of days.

"The Nasi-1 Island, near Defence Research and Development Organisation`s defence installation at Wheeler`s Island, is witness to the laying of eggs by the marine visitors," Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, Divisional forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, said.

The turtles` sojourn in unmanned island with idyllic environment has been a treat to watch, forest officials said.

As the territory where turtles have congregated to lay eggs is very close to the prohibited defence project, there are none to witness this unique natural phenomenon.

Under DRDO directions, visitors and outsiders are stopped from making their way to the place. Only forest personnel on turtle protection duty have access to the nesting ground, said forest officials.