Solitary nesting and mortality of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles along the Ganjam Coast of Odisha, India

Solitary nesting of olive ridleys at Gahirmatha rookery occurred almost every month during the nesting season. However, solitary nesting turtles were more frequent between February and April, suggesting this is the main nesting season for the species (Dash and Kar, 1990). As solitary nesting activity of olive ridley turtles on the Ganjam coast was not well documented previously, our aim was to do so and determine if nesting beaches in addition to Rushikulya were present along the Ganjam coast.