Sunday, June 12, 2011

Here is an insight on Olive Ridley Turtles in Orissa

The Olive Ridley turtle is found in abundance about 50 years ago, but they were hunted and poached thousands for their eggs and meat. Thus, the animals were not included in the list of endangered species. The Ridley Turtles spend their old age in the deep sea, but they returned to shore to nest. Some of the most well-known nest sites around India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and near the coast of Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states. But it is on the shores of Orissa, where you can see the eye-catching numbers. Orissa has three main breeding beaches in the whole of India and you can do to this beautiful time of the mother to see the turtles lay their eggs on shore.

The best months for the serene beaches between January and March each year to visit. This is the time when about half a million Olive Ridley came to shore. The three most popular sites are the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary and the Devi river mouth and Rushikulya. You can easily find the tracks of the guides on the web and discover more about the Sightings, Sightings of the time, lodging, meals, etc.

However Gahirmata in Bhitarkanika sanctuary is the most popular place for the Olive Ridley in action. Here's an average boy of 7,00,000 per year. Most of the hatched area at night so you have to go in the middle of the night to see the children emerge from their eggs in the big bad world. When they are born, their natural instinct makes them move to the sea. This is an amazing sight to thousands of young people find their way back to sea where they spend the rest of their lives and return to lay eggs only when their parents did.

The eggs are buried deep in the sand by the mothers to protect them from predators. It takes about two months for the eggs to hatch. However, as mentioned earlier, many children do not survive the breeding grounds were turned into cemeteries by local poachers who dig in the sand and then remove all the eggs. Last year, reports suggest that about 8,000 dead turtles along the coasts of Orissa due to heavy poaching activities. The eggs and meat are in great demand and they are smuggled from the country and the poachers are paid handsomely for their prized catches.

We can do it in our own little turtles to save them from extinction. Note that the killing will stop when the buying stops. And you can raise awareness through public speaking and even writing articles or blogging online.

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