The Olive Ridley Turtles travel to Rushikulya rookery in Ganjam district of Odisha every year for their annual mass nesting season. However, marine-life experts were baffled when only 3000 nests were laid this year as compared to every other year when the count went up to 5 lacs.

But now their confusion might have been answered since Cyclone Fani made landfall in the state of Odisha. This cyclone is the worst one the state has experienced in the last 20 years. 

Source: Sky News

According to marine experts, the Ridley turtles probably sensed the natural disaster coming their way and made a change in their annual routine.

The coast of Odisha is the largest mass nesting site for the turtles and is followed by the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica. Around 4.75 lakh olive ridleys nested on the beach last year.

Source: Mathew Oldfield

Researchers have concluded that climate change is the reason for the turtles not showing up this year.