Lock down deserted beaches helped Olive Ridley Sea Turtles nest in peace
More than 400,000 endangered Oliver Ridley Sea Turtles have returned to empty Indian and Brazil beaches, as Coronavirus keeps people in lock down. Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery is where the endangered Olive Ridley comes to dig nests and lay eggs. Last year (2019) sea turtles have not shown to lay down their eggs while this year (2020) they returned and did it in peace due to the absence of people and human activity. The coast of Odisha in India is one the largest mass nesting site for the Olive Ridley, along with the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica. But due to predators, survival rates can be as low as two per 1,000 hatchlings.
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