Olive Ridley is back in Mumbai #WATWB

Who is Olive Ridley?

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This is Olive Ridley  – a turtle that was once a regular visitor to Mumbai’s shoreline. Every year the turtles would use the stretch of beach in Versova to lay their eggs and hatch their little ones. In fact 35 beaches in my home state of Maharashtra is the nursery for these endangered water babies though Odisha has the most nestings.

You can read more about  all this and Olive Ridley’s Mumbai connection  here. 

Now Versova Beach is far away from where I live but having gone to the beach as a child, (I remember going there for a picnic) I felt bad that pollution kept the turtles away from this nesting ground. Those were the days when people actually went for a picnic.

Hero of the hour

Now thanks to the efforts of Afroz Shah, the Olive Ridley turtles have shown up once again on our shores . You can read more about his story here.

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I think Afroz is a hero.  He didn’t just shrug his shoulders. He bent down and began picking up the rubbish on the beach. One empty plastic bottle after another. Week after week .

And it was no easy task as the officials were not at all keen on helping him . In fact, certain elements on the beach actually made his life miserable

Yet he persisted and today the turtles are back.

 

Thank You Afroz for cleaning up the beach.

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I’m participating in We are the World Blogfest where bloggers share positive acts of humanity in life, in the news, or social media on the last FRIDAY of each month.

Many thanks to this month’s  co-hosts   Belinda Witzenhausen,  Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein  Shilpa GargEric Lahti . 

This was a year long challenge and I’d like to thank 

 Carol Walsh,Chrissie ParkerDamyanti BiswasEmerald BarnesEric LahtiInderpreet Kaur UppalKate PowellLynn HallbrooksMary GieseMichelle WallacePeter NenaRich WeatherlyRoshan RadhakrishnanSimon FalkSusan Scott 

who have co-hosted the challenge too in different months.

I enjoyed participating in this challenge and hope you enjoyed reading these posts too! 

Be happy!

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Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. Wow Afroz is indeed my hero too; I am headed to Mumbai in a few days and ownder if I will get to see the turtles?
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story Sunita!

  2. Natasha says:

    Thank you for sharing this positive, uplifting, happy news. This is the nest I’ve heard all of today.
    My friend Dipesh Tank also worked hand in hand with the beach clean up. And it’s people like these who bring about so much change and value to our lives. Hats off to their indomitable spirit.
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  3. Tamara says:

    Bravo to wonderful individuals who are doing the vital cleanup work of our environment! Hopefully local government officials will see the benefits not only to the environment but the economy and get behind the efforts!

    Eco-tourism is a big thing now. Opening up areas for eco-tourist groups to come in and help efforts will no doubt provide the manpower needed but will also bring the spotlight to regions being environmentally proactive!!

    Though the trash originated miles away, it has landed on your country’s shores and must be dealt with. Bravo again to wonderful people being proactive!!
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  4. Well done on cleaning up the beach. And how awesome that the turtles are back as a result! The Unfinished Story.

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