It’s the most amazing thing he has ever seen, says wildlife film-maker Shekar Dattari: the sight of thousands of adult olive ridley turtles emerging from the sea to nest on the sandy beaches of Odisha. This is the spectacular ‘arribada’ or ‘arrival’ and it happens year after year.
Unique photographs taken on location, all kinds of ridley fact, and a narrative born out of firsthand experience come together tomake an impassioned plea to save the olive ridley, thousands of which die every year due to callous fishing practices and human apathy. The scenes of the arrival, the nestling, the hatching of the eggs, the hazardous journeyof hatchlings back to sea, and dead adult turtles being washed ashore present a moving and tragic picture of these magnificent reptiles.
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