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Over 2 crore Olive Ridley hatchlings made their way into the gushing seawater recently without hindrance

Kendrapara:8/5/20: COVID-19 outbreak turned out to be boon for wildlife and environment as over 2 crore Olive Ridley hatchlings made their way into the gushing seawater recently without hindrance.

According to source in the forest department, total 2,05,10,000 hatchlings began their new journey into the Bay of Bengal, their source location, in five days. Such a big number of hatchlings emerged out of the eggs is the highest in a past decade. The process will continue in next two days.

A total of 4.7 lakh endangered sea turtles had laid eggs at Gahirmatha, Babubali island, Agarnasi island, Pentha, Satabhaya beach and Brunei River Mouth for eight days between March 14 and 21, out of which the hatchlings have started coming out of eggs.

As per information from the forest department, as many as 68.60 lakh hatchlings on May 2, 84 lakh on May 3, 43 lakh on May 4, 7 lakh on May 5 and 2.10 lakh on May 6 returned to the sea.

Total of 15 forest officials under supervision of Gahirmatha Forest Range Officer Debasish Bhoi and forest officials of Bhadrak Forest Division are in the charge of safety of hatchlings.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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