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Nesting turtle numbers fall in South Asia: experts

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Conservationists have expressed alarm over the low number of turtles arriving on the coast of east India and Bangladesh for the nesting season, blaming overfishing and climate change for the decline. 

An Olive Ridley turtle returns to the sea after laying eggs on Rushikulya beach, south west of Bhubaneshwar, eastern India, on March 17, 2010. Conservationists have expressed alarm over the low number of turtles arriving on the coast of east India and Bangladesh for the nesting season, blaming overfishing and climate change for the decline.

Between November and March, several species of sea turtle, including the Olive Ridley, travel thousands of miles to nest on the sandy shores of Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

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