Published on: April 2, 2022




Record nesting of Olive Ridley turtles noticed in Rishikulya


Olive ridley turtles

  • Smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world
  • Get their name from their olive colored carapace
  • Coast of Odisha in India is their largest mass nesting site
  • Carnivores
  • Found in warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.
  • Migrate thousands of kilometers between feeding and mating grounds in the course of a year.
  • Best known for their unique mass nesting called ARRIBADA, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs. They lay their eggs over a period of five to seven days in conical nests about one and a half feet deep which they dig with their hind flippers.
  • Protection Status:
    • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
    • CITES: Appendix I
    • Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule I