There is a whole life there down under. Small and big fish, jellyfish, electric rays and more. But the most fascinating is Olive Ridley turtle that swims steadily under the waters of the Indian Ocean to the Bay of Bengal. These aquatic creatures swim to the sandy shores of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam and Hope Island specifically to nest – a sight that is worth a thousand memories.
We took a day trip to Hope Island, a small tadpole shaped island off Kakinada, to watch our sea creatures in action. The golden sand on this island was peppered with emerald green bodies ambling along in unison during nesting season that comes after mating season which starts in October – November.
Females lay eggs here in a sand pit dug for them to hatch. As we stood there watching wonder of nature before us Olive Ridley females scurry about eager to hatch their little ones, one wouldn’t help but freeze this moment in time. Make sure you come here with enough photo memory because one click is not enough to watch emotions frozen in time.
As the sun set, and the waters glistened with the rays of an orange sunset, these turtles found their spots on the shore, resting a while – in anticipation of D-Day.
Come here for an encounter like no other. Enjoy the turtle crawl.
FACTS ABOUT OLIVE RIDLEYS
Females lay 100-150 eggs at a time
Eggs hatch in six weeks
Males don’t come to the shore during nesting season