Olive Ridleys have started egg laying

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Mass nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles is happening at Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha from Monday night. Some 25,000 eggs have already been laid by about 10,000 turtles, according to watchers. The season this year has started about a week early, according to Berhampur forest officer.

The eggs covered with sand, seek required amount of heat from sun, and will need 45 days to hatch. The eggs are laid close to water so that the hatchlings find it easy to slip into water when they come out. Government departments and environmentalists are taking full precautions for safe nesting of the endangered species. About 45 bits of beach are completely secured for the purpose.

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