BERHAMPUR: Odisha has escaped being hit by Cyclone ‘Asani’, however the excessive tide below its affect and the ensuing erosion has washed away hundreds of eggs of Olive Ridley turtles from the mass nesting website on the mouth of Rushikulya river off Ganjam coast.
The erosion within the land mass on the river mouth as a result of Cyclone Asani close to Podampeta in southern Odisha’s Ganjam district was greater than in different seashores within the river mouth, stated Amlan Nayak, the divisional forest officer (DFO), Berhampur on Thursdsay.
Due to the erosion round 15 to twenty per cent of the document 5.5 lakh eggs laid by the ocean turtles within the 5 km-long nesting website from March 28 to April 4 may need been broken, a senior forest division official stated.
Nayak, who visited the nesting website on Wednesday, stated the forest division will be capable to present the variety of Olive Ridley turtle eggs misplaced as a result of Cyclone Asani solely after the evaluate assembly to be held on May 14.
He stated a number of broken eggs had been seen mendacity on the seaside, which was lashed by excessive tidal waves because the final two days when the ocean was very tough.
Since the ocean situation was tough as a result of cyclonic storm through the interval, the DFO feared that extra eggs may need been broken.
Moreover, the eggs can not survive within the sea if they’re washed away, the DFO stated.
A feminine Olive Ridley turtle buries her eggs in sand pits within the seaside after laying them.
Though there have been sporadic sighting of hatchlings rising within the mass nesting websites for the previous couple of days, the forest officers anticipated that the newborn turtles would possibly emerge in massive numbers from the pits of the rookery within the subsequent one week.
The eggs typically hatch after 40 to 45 days of nesting.
Last yr, the mass nesting of the turtles couldn’t happen within the Rushikulya river mouth due unknown causes.
“This time, we are expecting more baby turtles to emerge in the rookery as a record number of female turtles laid eggs,” stated Rabindra Nath Sahu, secretary, Ganjam district turtle safety committee.
At Gahirmatha seaside in Kendrapara district hundreds of Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings have emerged from eggs up to now 36 hours and had been seen to be crawling to the Bay of Bengal.
This yr, round 5.01 lakh marine turtles arrived at Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in Kendrapara district for over 4 days since March 25 for the mass nesting, he stated.
The entire of Nasi-2 Island is teeming with child Olive Ridley turtles crawling on the seaside as they make their approach to the ocean.
Wildlife officers of Bhitarkanika National Park stationed at these nesting grounds are the only witnesses to this distinctive pure phenomenon during which the newborn turtles are born with out the presence of their moms.
Tourists and researchers have been denied entry like in different years.
This phenomenon will final for not less than seven to 10 days, Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) DFO J D Pati stated.
The Odisha coast is the world’s largest nesting floor of the Olive Ridley Turtles.
But off late there may be erosion by the ocean within the seashores which has adversely affected the turtle habitat, official sources stated.