“The last time we saw daytime nesting of olive ridleys along this site was in 2013,” local forest officer Amlan Nayak told Mongabay-India. “Usually, they come on to the beach for nesting only during the night.”
The outlet reported that the lockdown helped result in a safer environment for the turtles to hatch in.
“The advantage of lockdown was that we could divert our workforce more towards cleansing the debris on beaches and counting the nesting activities. When tourists come, part of our manpower is diverted to regulate and manage them,” Nayak added.
This isn't the first time that proved the global health crisis has given Mother Nature a much-needed moment to breathe.
Last month, hundreds of thousands of flamingos painted India pink as they took over a creek in Navi Mumbai.
It's not just happening in India, some of the world's most iconic landmarks and destinations have seen changes in their climate and local animals. In honour of Earth Day 2020, marie claire celebrated the 50th anniversary reflecting on how Planet Earth has rarely looked better - one of the few positives of the global pandemic.
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