Watch: Olive Ridley turtles flock to Rushikulya for mass nesting
Ganjam (Odisha), Feb 25 (ANI): Lakhs of endangered Olive Ridley turtles flocked to the Rushikulya river mouth for their annual mass nesting in Odisha’s Ganjam district. These endangered species flock the place every year from third week of February to first week of March for nesting. Odisha is the largest mass nesting site for Oliver Ridleys in the world. While last year more than 3.8 lakh turtles had flocked the river mouth, the number is expected to rise this year. The State Government and the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee have taken a number of steps to ensure that the turtles are conserved during the period. The hatchlings are expected to begin after 45-50 days of nesting. Despite a host of conservation measures, the survival rate of the endangered species remains at 1 in 1000.