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Mass nesting of Olive Ridleys started in Gahirmatha of Odisha coast March 23, 2012 12:31 AM

Much awaited spectacular mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles started in Gahirmatha beach in Odisha; the largest rookery of the World. Hatchling emerges after 45-60 days of incubation. Many hatchlings are predated even before they reach the sea; only one hatchling survives from every one thousand eggs and become an adult olive ridley. Over 60,000 olive ridley sea turtles laid eggs till date this year. Around 5.20 lakh turtles laid eggs at Gahirmatha beaches in two phases last year. Since most nesting beaches in Odisha are affected by factors that endanger turtles, their nest and hatchlings. This species has also classified in the Red Data Book of the IUCN (The world conservation union) as endangered species. That’s why we need your help to continue our work on conservation of olive ridleys and their habitat along Odisha coast. The volunteers of Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA) are engaged in protecting the species and their habitat from undue disturbances in non-protected areas. Please click here to read update action from APOWA on Olive Ridley conservation: http://apowa.org.in/our-projects/species-conservation/activities-report/ Sincerely, APOWA Team Odisha, India www.apowa.org.in  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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