Title:
Mass Nesting or Mass Burial?
Photographer:
Adhith Swaminathan
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Asia
Country:
India
Human Impacts
Camera Used:
Canon 450D
Image caption:

Every year more than one hundred thousand olive Ridley sea turtles visit the coast of Orissa, on the eastern coast of India. India has three mass nesting sites, namely Gahirmatha, Rushikulya and Devi. Two of the three mass nesting sites continue to host the Arribada, a mass nesting behavior exhibited only by the Ridley sea turtles. This phenomenon occurs only in a handful of locations around the world and India hosts one of the largest breeding grounds for olive Ridleys in the world. However, the Devi nesting site has not witnessed a mass nesting in almost over a decade. Instead it receives thousands of dead olive Ridley turtles washed on its beaches. The turtles that congregate along the coast of Orissa every year are accidentally entangled and drowned in trawl nets along the coastal waters of Orissa and Devi. Which was once a mass nesting site, has now become a mass burial ground for the Ridley sea turtles.

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