With India Under Lockdown, Turtles Reclaim the Beaches for Mass Nesting, During the Day, First Time in 7 Years

Sea turtles have a fascinating life cycle. Masses of these sea creatures swim to the shore in the springtime to lay eggs in the sand. For the Olive Ridley turtles, they have been coming to Odisha, an Indian state, for these mass nestings. For the last seven years, these turtles have been exclusively coming to the beaches at night. But due to the COVID-19 lockdown, they are showing up in broad daylight!

India is currently going through a strict 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of CoronaVirus. And during this time, wildlife is reclaiming itself! Moreover, the beaches of the eastern states see thousands of turtles nesting during the daytime.

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The last time this phenomenon was observed was in 2013. The female turtles are swimming in areas such as the Rushikulya rookery and Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary. Reports say that there are over six million eggs! Furthermore, due to the lockdown, hundreds of people previously coming to observe the turtles are also absent. Additionally, wildlife protection officials have been increasing security during this beautiful event!