The Olive Ridley sea turtle offers one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Each year, Olive Ridleys return from their inter-oceanic migrations to the beaches where they were hatched. Hundreds of thousands congregate and mate in the offshore waters. Then, as if on cue, the females lumber ashore to lay their eggs. Their arrival -- by the hundreds of thousands on a given beach -- is heralded by the Spanish term for this remarkable event, the arribada.
Arribadas occur in only three locations worldwide. One of the largest is on the coast of Orissa state in India. This is currently under threat by the Orissa state government granting permission for construction of a massive deep-water industrial port by TATA Steel less than 15 kilometers from the Olive Ridleys nesting beaches.
This construction could spell extinction for this nesting population of Olive Ridley sea turtles and have devastating impacts on the local fishing people.
Please send a letter today to TATA Steel and the Orissa state government urging them to stop the construction of this port.