Olive ridley...Nature's gift
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|This post is dedicated to Mr.Hara Prasanna Nayak the self made nature photographer who has request for the same.|
This is a photoshoped image of my visit, documentation and follow-up of the breeding procedure of Olive ridley sea turtle.There is an entire 1-2 hours of Drama these turtles play each and every year for 6-7 days in the coastal belt of Orissa specifically in three places.
The procedure includes 4-5 phases in which all these turtles go through.
Mating:The mating hapens in the sea in the winter season starting from MId Jan to Feb end.
Mass nesting:Millions of turtle then come on to the sea shore and lay eggs which is a scene to be observed to be believed.the egg laying procedures start by choosing a suitable place.Then Clearing the sand with the hind leggs and digging a hole or pit of 30cms by 8cms down and then laying arround 160-200 small eggs of 3-4cms.Then covering the pit with the rear legs and patting or thumping the place thoroughly to ensure the firmness of the covering.
Then they go back to the sea and again comeback to the same beach the next year at the same time.It has been said and believed that the hatchlings which come out from the nests after 45 days also come to the same beach where they were born to lay eggs.
These are very much attracted to light and because of this they come in the night and seeing the moon light go back to the sea.this applies to the little hatchlings also.
The Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) is one of the smallest species of sea turtle. It is named for the olive color of its heart-shaped shell.
As per wikipedia......
It is usually found in the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The common name in Spanish is tortuga golfina o del golfo.
The beaches of Orissa, India provide one of the last nesting grounds of the Olive Ridley turtles in the world. In addition, trawling and offshore drilling for oil and gas has been blamed for the death of more than 100,000 Olive Ridley turtles, which have washed ashore in the last ten years.
In the Indian Ocean, a major nesting ground for the species can be found in the Indian state of Orissa. Beaches in Devi, Gahirmatha and Rushikulya are known nesting sites for the L. olivacea Indian Ocean population. In 2007, around 130,000 turtles nested on the beaches of Gahirmatha.
It is believed that Olive Ridley turtles return to nest on the same beach they are hatched. If this is the case, then on these beaches where efforts are made to protect the eggs and hatchlings there should be rises in the numbers returning to nest in future.
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Hi Satya Babu,
WOW! for me. I really love it. I have never got a chance to go there and get some captures of these beauties. I think you and Sumon da enjoyed a lot. Many Many thanks for posting this. A nice collage showing the activities of these turtles. Very good composition and details in every frames too. Thank you once again for sharing this.
- [2008-05-02 8:28]
Outstanding collage showing the cycle of life of Olive Ridley Turtles. Very skillfully done and I must say very very nice observation too. I still am excited about my experiences there and 'am preparing a few shots to be posted later (you have beaten me on that too). Excellent POVs and very nicely complied and composed. Kudos.