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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Back to where I belong

Olive Ridley sea turtles come to lay their eggs every year across the coastline of Odisha, India. However, the growing human activities inside the sea including trawling has been taking a toll on the number of turtles that are able to reach the beach. Erosion, caused by cutting down trees and the intruding city (hatchlings gets attracted to light and hence go in the wrong direction after coming out of the eggs) has been other factors impacting the population of these beautiful creatures. There is an immediate need to make beach activities more sustainable to be able to save these turtles.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Ganjam, India
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Madhumay Mallik