Ganjam: The annual spectacle of thousands of Olive Ridley turtles nesting along the beachline between Podampeto and Gokharkuda of Ganjam district has declined this year as compared to the previous year.
Experts believe climate change is the major reason behind the turn-up of mass nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.
The endangered sea turtles reach the coast for mating between November and second week of January every year. After 45 days, they reach the beach to lay eggs. However, this time the Olive Ridley turtles remained away due to unfavourable climate condition.
Around 4.75 lakh Olive Ridleys nested on the beach of Rushikulya last year. However, only 2,256 Olive Ridleys have nested till date this year.