RUSHIKULYA, GANJAM, ODISHA
The eastern Indian territory of Odisha is known worldwide for occasionally facilitating olive ridley ocean turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) altogether as they visit the coastline along the Bay of Bengal for mass settling. This spring (March 2020), be that as it may, proclaimed an amazement for the marine protectionists and state woods office, who saw mass settling of the species during the day after almost seven years. Nearby government authorities dealing with the ocean turtles told Mongabay-India that the daytime settling along the Rushikulya rookery was recorded following seven years.
“The last time we saw day time settling of olive ridleys along this site was in 2013. For the most part, they hit on the sea shore for settling just during the evening. This March was unique for us as we saw the species visiting the site around evening time and in any event, during the day, in similarly great numbers,” Amlan Nayak, locale timberland official (DFO), Berhampur (Odisha), told Mongabay-India.
Rushikulya is arranged in the Ganjam region of Odisha along the Bay of Bengal and is quite possibly the most noticeable areas for olive ridley mass settling, a yearly component where female turtles show up on the sea shore to set up their homes and lay their eggs.
The olive ridley turtle is viewed as the most bountiful ocean turtle on the planet, with an expected 800,000 settling females yearly. The olive ridley is around the world conveyed in the tropical districts of the South Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They are recorded as powerless in the IUCN Red rundown and are likewise ensured under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. As indicated by untamed life specialists, in India, while states like Maharashtra, Goa, and the seaward Andaman islands witness inconsistent settling of olive ridley turtles, Odisha is the lone state in India that sees mass settling of olive ridley turtles.
Rushikulya and Gahirmatha are the two chief mass settling destinations now in Odisha. This year settling at Rushikulya has been somewhat deferred because of late heavy rains around there. It as a rule begins in the third seven day stretch of February and proceeds until the principal seven day stretch of March, authorities said. This year, mass settling began from March 21 and has proceeded till March-end, in any event, during the day. As per Nayak, the Rushikulya rookery facilitated 330,000 olive ridleys during this mass settling stage.
This area is the location of one of the largest mass nesting (arribada) sites of olive ridley sea turtles in India. The villages near the mouth are Pali Bandha, Puruna Bandha, Gokhara Kuda and Kantia Pada, where one can find the nesting sites of the olive ridley turtles.
The maximum summer temperature is 37 °C; the minimum winter temperature is 14 °C. The mean daily temperature varies from 33 °C to 38 °C. May is the hottest month; December is the coldest.
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Lakhs of endangered Olive Ridley turtles flocked the Rushikulya river mouth for their annual mass nesting in Odisha’s Ganjam district. These endangered species flock the place every year from the third week of February to the first week of March for nesting.
The nearest Airport is Bhubaneswar
The nearest Railway Station is Chatrapur
On-Road it is 11 k.m. away from Chatrapur
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