Mating Olive Ridleys
Had been to Rushikulya in Odisha in December. We had liaised with the forest department and accompanied the team on a patrol speed boat and subsequently their trawler that they use for patrolling deeper waters upto 8km offshore. We were blessed with amazing skies and calm blue seas and managed to spot about 25-30 mating pairs of Olive Ridleys between 300m to upto 6km offshore. Note the Male Olive Ridley’s claw to hold on to the female during mating.