The only positive news coming out of the lockdowns imposed by the coronavirus has been the replenishment of nature. Animal sightings which were rare in a pre-COVID-19 World have become a lot more common.
A big example of this was seen when lakhs of baby turtles were seen along the coast of a city in India. This made the day for millions of netizens who were marveled by these incredible creatures. These are the rare Olive Ridley Turtles who hatch millions of eggs each year on the famous coast.
Some years the sightings are more than the other. This year, due to the complete lack of human interference, the turtles laid around 20 million eggs in March which hatched at this moment. Let’s find out more about these sightings.
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Thousands of little turtles were seen crawling towards the sea. They were settled in the Gahirmatha and Rushikulya rookery where they laid their eggs in the sand.
This is what Susanta Nanda, an Indian Forest Service Officer in Odisha had to say –
“Nearly 2 crore (20 million) plus olive Ridley hatchlings have emerged & made their way to the sea from half of about 4 lakh (400,000) nesting at Nasi-2 islands, Gahirmatha rookery Odisha.”
He continued –
“A sight that casts a magical spell year after year.”
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While this is being celebrated by conservationists worldwide, efforts should be made to sustain this growth as the only reason for this massive increase was a lack of human interference. That has to be maintained even when the lockdown is no longer in place. It will be interesting to see if similar levels can be maintained when the situation is no longer similar in the country anymore and the lockdown begins to open up progressively.