This video from India says about itself:
7 Wonders of India: Olive Ridley Sea Turtles
Found in the Indian Ocean along the Bay of Bengal is Orissa. Average weight of the turtles is just over 100 lb (up to 50 kgs). They have a high-domed shell, with a carapace length of only 30 inches (70 cms). Olive Ridleys are omnivorous, feeding on crabs, shrimp, rock lobsters, sea grasses, snails, fish, sessile, pelagic tunocates [sic; tunicates] and small invertebrates.
The Orissa coast is one of the three sites worldwide where mass nesting of the Olive Ridley Turtle occurs. This sea turtle is especially known for its mass nesting when several thousand turtles migrate to the breeding ground to mate and nest simultaneously. Hindu mythology worships sea turtles as an incarnation of one of their gods. Over the past five years, sea turtles have suffered mass mortality along the Orissa coast due to death by drowning as incidental catch in trawl – fishing nets. About 5,000 to 10,000 dead turtles have been washed ashore each year, a total of over 1,00,000 in the last 10 years.
From Orissa Diary in India:
The Orissa coast is the one of the main mass nesting center in the world map for the Olive Ridley turtle since time immemorial.
One of the good news is that an estimated 1.8 lakh female Olive Ridley turtles have so far arrived en-masse to lay eggs, a unique natural phenomenon, at Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Kendrapara district. The hatching takes place about 30 to 40 days after the nesting and the babies emerge out of their respective nests and start their journey towards the sea without their mothers.
International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today created awareness campaign through his sand sculpture at Puri beach. He has created many sandy eggs from which hatching takes place and a mother turtle giving message “Save my baby”. Pattnaik said since the olive Ridley turtles arrived from miles to our place for laying eggs, so we should protect their eggs for baby turtles. So we can save our wildlife. Sudarsan used 30 tones of sands and took 8 hours to create this sculpture.
Olive Ridley nesting at peril – The Hindu: here.
USA: beach rescues of cold-stunned sea turtles: here.
Indian Ocean tuna rules a joke: here.
Indian poachers cross the line, protect birds: here.