Olive Ridleys start laying eggs at Gahirmatha

Kendrapara: The endangered Olive Ridley turtles have arrived at the Gahirmatha beach in Odisha to lay eggs.

Female turtles were spotted digging pits on the sandy nesting ground for laying eggs.

The Gahirmatha beach off the Bay of Bengal coast is acclaimed as the world’s largest-known nesting ground for the turtles and was declared as marine sanctuary area by the State government in 1997.

The mass nesting is expected to continue for more than a week.

Personnel of Coast Guard, police and Forest department have intensified their patrolling to provide protection to the turtles from poachers, stray dogs and fishing trawlers.

Forest department has already prohibited movement of machine boats in five kilometres from the mouth of Devi river to Mahanadi and coastal areas.