Restrictions imposed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are impacting wildlife around the world, including in India where authorities say the number of sea turtles hatching on beaches is far higher than normal.

Olive Ridley Turtles are a species of sea turtle that have a small number of rookeries around the world where they lay their eggs every year in winter or early spring.

The turtles usually come during the night and lay eggs in the sand on the chosen beaches, but this year with beaches empty there were reports of thousands of turtles coming up onto them during the day.

After a period of about 45 days, the hatchlings come out and return to the seas.

Experts and authorities estimate that the turtles laid around 60 millions eggs in Indian beaches this year.

The World Wide Fund for Nature has said that because the turtles nest in a very small number of places around the world, any disturbance to even one nest beach could have huge repercussions on the entire population.

Video recorded on Rushikulya Beach in southeastern Odisha state in India shows hatchlings making their way to the sea - with a helping hand from wildlife officials.