Ganjam: Over 3,100 female olive ridley turtles came out of the sea to the sandy beach of the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha on Tuesday night for mass nesting.
The Forest Department has erected temporary fences on a stretch of 4.5 km to protect the endangered species during egg hatching. The mass nesting process is expected to continue for around a week.
In 2017, over 3,85,000 turtles had reached the Rushikulya rookery coast to lay eggs.
The Rushikulya coast is considered to be a major nesting site and lakhs of olive ridleys gather here every year to lay eggs.
“Congregation of mother turtles in sea near the rookery is quite high this year. We anticipate that in comparison to 2017 more number of turtles will nest this year,” said Berhampur divisional forest officer Ashis Behera.
To monitor the endangered marine reptiles, the department has established five control rooms near the Rushikulya rookery.