The Arribada – “Mass Arrival” of Olive Ridley Baby Turtles at Odisha

At Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, Odisha, 

March 11th 2021 – March 24th 2021 :

Mass Nesting by 3.94 lakh Mother Turtles on the islands 

From May 7th 2021 :

Mass Hatching of 1.48 crore Baby Turtles from shore towards the sea 

The natural scene was a delight for environmentalists, Turtle Protection Force and nature lovers to behold the “Arribada of Turtle Life cycle”. 

Gahirmatha Beach is regarded as the world’s largest nesting ground for these endangeres species, for mass nesting and hatching phenomenon.

It is a fact that the Olive Ridley Turtles (female), lays around 100-120 eggs on the shore. The incubation period lasts between 45 – 50 days.

Millions of life to the Bay of Bengal makes it so admirable and picturesque with their annual culmination sojourn, proving the saying,

“Slow and Steady wins the Race”.

It has become a customary annual parctice for the forest officials in the unmannes island to protect, wait and watch until the tiny turtles succesfully march in reaching their home for round-the-clock vigilance for safety of the newborns.

It is a common sight in the East Coast of India to witness Olive Ridley Turtles to nest and hatch in the summer.

What makes it difficult for them is their endangered and vulnerable conditions owing to artificial lighting at nights, strolling in the beach, traffic noise and other man-created disturbances.

The Arribada, needs protection, preservation and conservation for a seamless and peaceful life creation.

Whenever one happens to stroll the Beaches of East Coast, at Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, it is vital to be cautious especially during summer to not accidentally disturb or step on the laid eggs.

In the process of the Arribada recently in Orissa, 10% of the Olive Ridley Turtles have lost their lives due to human related accidents.

The marine biodiversity is the ocean wealth, healthy human practices on the shore makes the ocean life healthier!

Let’s strive to welcome the coming batch of Turtle Army for creating their next generation, protect, preserve and conserve life for generations and generations.

People wish to “Live like a Turtle” with a long life span. For Turtles to live their fullest life, the little that we could do is to make the environment inclusive.

Live and Let Live!  

Published by Divya Suresh

An exuberant woman inclined to actively learn and write with immense passion for writing.

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