Even though the global pandemic has bad effects on humans, it has a lot of positive effects on nature.
Coronavirus is the biggest crisis observed throughout human history. Although it has negative effects on human beings it seems as if the virus outbreak has granted the environment some positive outcomes.
Have you heard of the Olive Ridley sea turtles? This time over 475,000 of these fellows have come ashore to Rushikulya beach – 3.75 miles (6-km) approximately to lay their eggs.
The restrictions imposed by the Indian government due to the corona outbreak have given them this great opportunity to lay their eggs in a very protective way without human influence. It’s especially due to the lack of tourists in the coastal area. Therefore, this will be a very successful nesting year for them.
Down to Earth says that the details released by the forest service said over 250,000 female turtles have taken part in the daytime nesting course only during the past week.
If the days were normal, this incident would attract hundreds of tourists who are eager to see such an amazing event. Then, the members of the Forest Department would try hard to keep the crowd out in the bay. And also other animals such as jackals and crows would attack the sea turtles, while some stealthy locals would rob these eggs and sell them at the local markets.
However, all these types of disturbances for the nesting of the sea turtles are kept away by the global pandemic, COVID’19, reports the Hindu. This has allowed 25 forest researchers and guards to focus on their duty to guard the turtles.
By the way another mass nesting is taking place at the Gahirmatha Beach which is also along the Bay of Bengal in Odisha. Therefore, the authorities expect around 60,000,000 eggs to be laid this year in total.
Thousands of these eggs are normally destroyed due to the mass of the mother turtles who lay the eggs atop the nests. The number of eggs laid by a female turtle in a mass nesting is an average 80 to 100 eggs each. These eggs should last for 45 days to get hatched. The new born turtles will emerge through the shells and make their way to see after 45 days.
ARRIBADA ~Spanish Word – means ‘Arrival’ 🐢
Refers to mass-nesting event when 1000s of Turtles come ashore at the same time to lay eggs on the same beach.
Interestingly, females return to the very same beach from where they first hatched, to lay their eggs.
🏖️ Olive Ridley Turtle pic.twitter.com/dvzslqA8zW
— Ankit Kumar, IFS (@AnkitKumar_IFS) March 26, 2020
This is a striking event as these Olive Ridleys left the beach last year. This will be a great chance for the baffling researchers too.
The officials at the Forest Department stated that this will be the highest number of sea turtles which will have taken part in this event so far. They explained:
“Every alternate year is either a bad year or a good year. However, in the last two years we have seen a phenomenal increase in nesting numbers. This year we have estimated that at least 4.75 lakh [475,000] turtles came on to nest on Rushikulya beach.”
— Harikrishnan S (@_harikrishnan_s) March 26, 2020
Source of the information: TMU