While India was on quarantine, thousands of undisturbed sea turtles estimated 60 million eggs. Will it repeat in 2021?


The Cоrоnаvirus pаndemіc which started a year ago, and the consequent blocking of activities that has been implemented in many countries around the world, continue to have positive effects on nature, animals and the air we breathe. It seems that this dramatic situation has brought, in the midst of so many sufferings and deprivations, also a period of «breathing» and well-being to the planet that hosts us and to so many creatures that are often threatened by the presence of man.

In March 2020 in eastern India, what has not been seen for a long time has happened along the coast of the state of Odisha. Sea turtles, animals notoriously vulnerable and threatened by pollution and human activities, took advantage of the quarantine to take back their spaces without being disturbed.

 

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We are talking about hundreds of thousands of olive tortoises (Olive Ridley, or Lepidochelys olivacea) who managed to reach the shore, on the beach of Rushikulya, to make their nests and lay their eggs in a few days. Everything happened in a safer and more protected way than the normal situation in which man, with his fishing and tourism activities, would certainly have disturbed this fascinating natural process.

 

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In general, in fact, such an event would attract crowds of tourists eager to attend, with obvious disturbance to the turtles. Besides, there often are the acts of poaching: unscrupulous people stealing eggs from the beach and then reselling them in local markets. Last year the splendid sea turtles were able to nest in complete tranquility.

 

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According to The Hindu, local protection authorities did their best to ensure that the spawning occurred in a protected way. The news comes after another mass nesting, which took place on Gahirmatha beach, was also successful. Adding the eggs laid by turtles with more security due to the blocking of activities by Cоrоnаvirus, the authorities have come to estimate that, in total, there will be about 60 million.

Really good news for these animals, that hadn’t even landed on Rushikulya beach two years ago. Nature, with man’s less present, is winning the battle. The situation with the disease has not improved much, so there’s a hope that the turtles will be undisturbed this year as well. Don’t you think this should always be guaranteed to it?

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