Olive Ridley turtles in Odisha

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Rushikulya rookery off the coast of Odisha is home to the world famous Olive Ridley sea turtles nesting sites where a record of sorts has been created recently of mass nesting from mid- February to March second week this year. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

Rushikulya rookery off the coast of Odisha is home to the world famous Olive Ridley sea turtles nesting sites where a record of sorts has been created recently of mass nesting from mid- February to March second week this year. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

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A female Olive Ridley sea turtle covers sand over her eggs during nesting at Rushikulya rookery near the fishermen’s village in Ganjam district, Odisha. They are also known as the Pacific Ridley sea turtle. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

A female Olive Ridley sea turtle covers sand over her eggs during nesting at Rushikulya rookery near the fishermen’s village in Ganjam district, Odisha. They are also known as the Pacific Ridley sea turtle. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

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The coast of Odisha in India is the largest mass nesting site for the Olive Ridley in the world, followed by the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica. (HT PHOTO)

The coast of Odisha in India is the largest mass nesting site for the Olive Ridley in the world, followed by the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica. (HT PHOTO)

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On an average, around 100 to 150 eggs are laid by each female turtle in the nests. The Olive Ridley is classified as Vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). (HT PHOTO)

On an average, around 100 to 150 eggs are laid by each female turtle in the nests. The Olive Ridley is classified as Vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). (HT PHOTO)

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Of late there has been increased awareness and the beaches of Odisha receive tourists who are seen observing clicking photos of the nesting sites. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

Of late there has been increased awareness and the beaches of Odisha receive tourists who are seen observing clicking photos of the nesting sites. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

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A mass of turtles prepare to return to the sea after nesting. (HT PHOTO)

A mass of turtles prepare to return to the sea after nesting. (HT PHOTO)

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Visitors click photos of the turtles as they pull themselves to the sea. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

Visitors click photos of the turtles as they pull themselves to the sea. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

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The mother turtles however do not wait to see the baby turtles emerging as hatchlings and continue back into the sea. (HT PHOTO)

The mother turtles however do not wait to see the baby turtles emerging as hatchlings and continue back into the sea. (HT PHOTO)

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The turtles return to sea beginning another cycle of life. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

The turtles return to sea beginning another cycle of life. (Arabinda Mohapatra)

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