Updated May 26th, 2024 at 14:18 IST

Baby Olive Ridley Turtles Break Out Of Their Eggshells Sans Mother In Odisha's Kendrapara

Lakhs of baby turtles have broken out of their eggshells and crawled towards the seawaters of the Gahirmatha coast in Odisha's Kendrapara district, marking the culmination of the annual sojourn of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.

Baby Olive Ridley Turtles Break Out Of Their Eggshells | Image:X: @susantananda3
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Kendrapara: Lakhs of baby turtles have broken out of their eggshells and crawled towards the seawaters of the Gahirmatha coast in Odisha's Kendrapara district, marking the culmination of the annual sojourn of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.

The whole of Nasi-2 Island is teeming with baby turtles and wildlife officials of Bhitarkanika national park stationed at these nesting grounds were sole witness to this unique natural heritage involving the birth of babies sans mother, a forest official said.

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Sharing small visuals of the baby turtles on X, Odisha's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) wildlife, Susanta Nanda said, "The sunrise began with new eyes. Hatchlings on their journey today to the sea from the mass nesting sites of Olive Ridley at Gahirmatha Sanctuary of the coast of Odisha." The annual sojourn of Olive Ridley sea turtles for mass nesting otherwise called as 'arribada' had come to an end at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Kendrapara district with over 3 lakh lakh female turning up at the beach turtles to lay eggs from April 3.

The emergence of hatchlings would last for at least for seven to ten days. The number of babies would swell considerably in the coming days, said a Forest official of the Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Division.

Tourists and researchers were denied entry to savour the unique natural heritage keeping in view the fact that the unmanned islands is located in close vicinity of Wheeler's island defence test range centre, a prohibited territory.

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The baby turtles broke out of the shackles of eggshells and wandered aimlessly around the sandy beach for nearly an hour before making their way to swirling seawater, said the Forest official.

It's a rare visual treat as the delicate babies with mothers nowhere in sight generate hissing noise thus creating a soothing cacophony. Later, they made a beeline towards the sea.

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After the eggs are incubated under natural process, the hatchlings come out after 45/55 days' hiatus. The phenomenon of babies' emergence from the nests is a unique proposition in itself as "babies grow sans mother." 

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Published May 26th, 2024 at 14:18 IST