Nature is full of wonderful spectacles. Even in a time of a global viral outbreak, the act of birthing and life is sure to warm our hearts.
The synchronized, large-scale nesting of some species of sea turtles such as the Kemp's Ridley and Olive Ridley was captured in a recent video and posted on social media. This phenomenon of mass nesting is referred to as Arribada.
Shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Susanta Nanda, the video shows a bale of Olive Ridley turtles searching through the sands at a beach in Odisha to find a right spot for laying eggs.
Nanda wrote, “The spectacular mass nesting started yesterday after midnight. Playing hide and seek for a fortnight, the Olive Ridley [turtles] have started laying eggs in Odisha. Can’t disclose their location for safety. Nature at its best”.
The spectacular mass nesting started yesterday after midnight👍🏻— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) March 15, 2020
Playing hide & seek for a fortnight, the Olive Ridleys have started laying eggs in Odisha. Can’t disclose their location for safety. Nature at its best🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/BJpuSEDGl7
People were in awe after watching the video.
Amazing 👌🏼👌🏼— Neha Kesharwani (@NehaKesharwan12) March 15, 2020
This is simply spectacular sir👌🏻👌🏻— Brijesh Makadia🇮🇳 (@brijessh) March 15, 2020
This is a visual delight Sir— Ankit Kumar, IFS (@AnkitKumar_IFS) March 15, 2020
This is beautiful— Sattar Abdul Rehman Shaikh (@SattarAbdulReh1) March 15, 2020
Several netizens agreed with Nanda over not disclosing the location.
Beautiful... so sensible you didnt share location— Santosh Thourani (@smalltownsanta) March 15, 2020
Location doesn't matter. Picture says it all. Happy!— Aveek Roy (@roy_aaveek) March 15, 2020
Despite being the most abundant species of sea turtles, Olive Ridley turtles have become endangered due to decreasing nesting sites globally.
Odisha coast has the world’s largest known rookery of these turtles. Fear of poaching and killing of these marine creatures has resulted in people asking for wider reforms of protection.