The turtles are estimated to have laid around 60 million eggs in the sand.
Tens of thousands of sea turtles have arrived to spawn on the beaches of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, which remain empty amid the total isolation imposed by the country's government throughout the national territory to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic. .
The state is known worldwide for seasonally hosting olive or olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), which come ashore along the Bay of Bengal to nest. However, this spring was the first in seven years that mass nesting for the species took place during the day.
“The last time we saw the daytime nesting of swallow turtles along this place was in 2013. They usually come to the beach to nest only at night.“Stated Amlan Nayak, a local forestry officer.
Without tourists on the beaches, human interference at the nesting site has decreased, local media say.
Most experts and government officials do not believe that the isolation influenced the deposition of the eggs. However, the restrictions will help reduce the damage suffered by turtles and their eggs on normal days, says environmentalist S.N. I patronize.
Experts and authorities estimate that the turtles have laid around 60 million eggs in the sand.