Endangered sea turtles lay eggs on empty beaches during quarantine

  • Due to various forms of threats such as exploitation, from over seven species of sea turtles, nearly all of them are endangered
  • One of the reasons while most of them are endangered is because they are unable to reproduce or lay their eggs
  • But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oceans in India were deserted and sea turtles were able to dig their nest and lay their eggs there

Even though most of us consider the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the most unfortunate events that happened all around the globe, there is also a positive impact on the side of our surroundings especially to Mother Nature.

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Most of us now are in quarantine and are staying inside our houses in order to keep safe from the coronavirus, and because of that, many scientists have discovered that the Earth is healing since human activities were lessened.

Not only does our quarantine give our surrounding a breather, it also makes endangered animals become able to live and reproduce without being hunted by humans.

One of the endangered animals that was able to have a safe nesting site in the middle of the quarantine is the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Out of all seven species of sea turtle, three are considered critically endangered including the Olive Ridley.

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Sea turtles are endangered because of various forms of exploitation, such as being hunted for their meat, skin, and shells, as well as the poaching of their eggs. Additionally, some coastal beaches are destroyed while others are frequently visited by humans; making it difficult for the sea turtles to lay their eggs and reproduce.

Last year, the sea turtles did not go to the hatchery site in Odisha Rushikulya in India because of a cyclone. However, this year, a total of 70,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles returned to the Odisha shoreline to lay their eggs. Each nesting turtle will lay an average of 100 eggs as reported by the Forest Department.

And because of the coronavirus lockdown in India, the beaches were mostly deserted which means that the Forest department will have more time to focus on caring for the turtles.