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Now they make their way into the sea

By Prafulla Das

BHUBANESWAR, MAY 1. Thousands of baby Olive Ridleys are now making their way into the Bay of Bengal as mass hatching continues on the beach near the Rushikulya river mouth.

About 500 nests hatched on Wednesday night and hatching picked up with about 800 nests hatching on Thursday. Nearly 5,000 nests hatched last night and the process of the baby turtles crawling into their water home continued till 7 a.m. today.

More than 1,00,000 turtles had laid eggs on the Rushikulya beach on March 10 this year. The hatchlings normally emerge after about 45-55 days depending upon the ambient sand temperatures and climatic conditions.

Last year, hatching on the beach started on April 25, over 45 days from the day of nesting. However, there was delay in hatching this year as heavy rain lashed the area for nearly a week. Rains compact the beach sand and prevent the hatchlings from digging out and emerging, according to Biswajit Mohanty of `Operation Kachhapa.'

Mr. Mohanty is apprehensive that if the weather did not improve in a day or two there may be mass death of the hatchlings. "Hatchlings have been fully formed inside the sand, but are unable to come out as the sand is wet."

Due to the late nesting, about 70 per cent of the eggs have been lost by beach erosion caused by strong summer winds and high waves. Volunteers of `Operation Kachhapa,' and villagers engaged by the Forest Department have been protecting the eggs from dogs, jackals and other predators in the last seven weeks.

The mass hatching is almost completed at Nasi Islands near the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary where nearly 2,40,000 turtles had nested in the first week of March.

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