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Turtles, turtles everywhere

The restrictions that have been imposed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic are having a positive impact on wildlife around the world, including in India where authorities say the number of sea turtles hatching on beaches is far higher than normal. Olive Ridley Turtles are a species of sea turtle that have a small number of rookeries in various parts of the world where they lay their eggs every year in winter or early spring.

The turtles usually come during the night and lay eggs in the sand on the chosen beaches, but this year with beaches empty there were reports of thousands of turtles coming up on to them during the day. After a period of about 45 days, the hatchlings come out and return to the seas.

Experts and authorities estimate that the turtles laid around 60 millions eggs on Indian beaches this year. The World Wide Fund for Nature has said that because the turtles nest in a very small number of places around the world, any disturbance to even one nesting beach could have huge repercussions on the entire population.

Hopefully, with beaches being deserted and the lack of human impact on the wildlife, this will be one of the benefits that will come out of the Coronavirus pandemic and many species of not just turtles but many other animals, birds, insects will be able to increase their numbers and help the endangered species.

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