The 90-mile stretch of pristine beaches on the northern shores of the country is one of the best conservation hotspots and nesting sites for turtles. March to August is the period when four of the eight sea turtle species of the world, come to lay eggs here. The Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley species have made this a regular nesting spot, offering a one-of-a-kind hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts. The nine sections of Shell Beach are passionately protected and can be visited only with permission from the Protected Areas Commission. The leading turtle biologist, Dr. Peter Pritchard, started conservation efforts in1960s. Later, Audley James, an ex-turtle hunter joined hands to fortify efforts. Due in part to its highly remote location and the fact that few people visit, the species continue to thrive here.