Gahirmatha Beach in Odisha lies along the Bay of Bengal coast. It is famous as the world’s largest breeding ground for Olive Ridley sea turtles. The creatures swim all the way from South Pacific Ocean to this spot, to mate and lay eggs. They arrive in droves between February and March. After mating, the females dig nests in the sand- about 1.5 feet deep-with their hind flippers. The beach is quite a sight then! Each one lays 100-140 eggs. The eggs hatch after 45-65 days, and thousands of tiny turtles swarm the beach, trying to make their way towards the ocean.