300 Ridley Turtles And Bottlenose Dolphins Wash Ashore In Odisha

300 Olive Ridley turtles and a bottlenose dolphin found dead on Odisha

The Puri Beach in Odisha turned into a graveyard for around 300 Olive Ridley turtles and a bottlenose dolphin. The marine animals were found dead here on 20 January.

Although turtle carcasses are usually found near Pantha Niwas on the beach during winter, the sheer number of the dead animals spooked locals.

According to news reports, the forest and marine fisheries authorities have seized two trawlers for carrying out unauthorized fishing – despite a ban which was put in place due to the nesting season of the turtles.

Collector of Puri, Arabind Agarwal, told the media that a report had been sought from the concerned agencies. He said.

“This is unfortunate that a large number of Olive Ridley turtles die”

The Beach Protection Council of Odisha (BPCO), a voluntary organisation working for the protection of the beach has given a memorandum to Aggarwal demanding strict implementation of the fishing ban between November and May.

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sculpture of the turtles with message “Give us space to live” on Puri beach.

Recently, around 80 whales were washed ashore on the southern coast at Tiruchendur in Tamil Nadu. At least 40 of the short-finned pilot whales died despite rescue efforts.

Original Article:http://www.catchnews.com/social-sector/300-olive-ridley-turtles-and-a-bottlenose-dolphin-found-dead-on-odisha-s-puri-beach-wildlife-environment-beach-conservation-1453361077.html

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.