They Invade An Empty Beach To Nest For The First Time In Years Due To Covid-19

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Experts and authorities estimate that turtles laid around 60 million eggs in the sand

INDIA.

Thanks to the isolation that has been produced to prevent more contagions and deaths from coronavirus, some animals have taken advantage of walking the streets, swimming where they did not do it before or returning to certain areas.

An example of this is the massive arrival of turtles to empty beaches in India, according to reports from local media and social networks.

This happened in Odisha, a region known for seasonally harbouring olive ridley or olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). This species reaches the shoreline along the Bay of Bengal to nest.

However, this spring was the first in seven years that the mass nesting of the species took place during the day.

The last time we saw the daytime nesting of swallow turtles along this place was in 2013. They generally come to the beach to nest only at night, “said Amlan Nayak, local forestry officer, the newspaper Clarín reports. 

Without tourists on the beaches, human interference at the nesting site decreased, local media reported.

Experts and authorities estimate that the turtles laid around 60 million eggs in the sand.

They Invade An Empty Beach To Nest For The First Time In Years Due To Covid-19

 

Source: Excelsior