Turtle nesting site in danger

Cyclone Titli and the resultant rains have started to degrade the mass nesting site of olive ridley turtles at the Rushikulya river mouth in Odisha’s Ganjam district. Huge quantities of debris and waste material brought by the flooded river have been deposited on the coast. This can be a threat to the nesting site and may dissuade the olive ridleys from nesting here next year. According to Rabindranath Sahu of the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee (RSTPC), the seven-km stretch of the olive ridley nesting beach from Purunabandha to Prayagi is now covered by waste and debris carried by flood waters of Rushikulya river. Expressing concern, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer Ashis Behera hoped that the tidal action of the sea in the next few months would clean up the beach to some extent. “The biodegradable waste will decompose fast in salt water but we are worried about the plastic, polythene and other non-biodegradable waste that continue to pile up at the coast near the river mouth,” said Mr. Behera. The Rushikulya river mouth beach is a major nesting site of the endangered olive ridley turtles.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/turtle-nesting-site-in-danger/article25217626.ece

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