There is an ethereal beauty to watching a #beach come alive as eggs buried in the sand begin to crack, and turtle hatchlings emerge.
In #Odisha ’s Ganjam district, a concerted effort by the Forest Department, NGOs and local communities is underway to ensure safe passage for thousands of olive Ridley #hatchlings at the Gokharkuda beach. Here's a snippet from Pranav Capila's essay, published in the June 2018 issue of Sanctuary: "Just six metres away the sea roars encouragement, beckons with effervescent fingers. The hatchling tilts its head, stirs from its stupor. Its right fore flipper extends towards the sky, its neck arches upwards and backwards, and with a supreme effort it rolls right side up. Then it moves towards the tide. Pulling with fore flippers, pushing with hind. The same determined crawl that has advanced it across the epochs." Image: Santosh Jana - 11 days ago