Environment & Biodiversity

Olive Ridley Turtles are in the news

After hatching from eggshells along Odisha’s Rushikulyabeach in the Ganjam district, millions of newborn Olive Ridley Turtles crept towards the Bay of Bengal.

Olive Ridley Turtles

Scientific nameLepidochelys olivacea
HabitatWarm and tropical waters
Found inPacific and Indian Oceans
Nesting sitesRushikulya rookery in Odisha
Largest mass nesting siteCoast of Odisha in India
Conservation statusVulnerable in IUCN Red List
Listed inSchedule 1 in Wildlife Protection Act, 1972

Special feature: Mass nesting

Notable behaviorArribadas
Nesting habitsSynchronized mass nesting and return to the same beach where they hatched
Nest structureConical nests about one and a half feet deep, dug with hind flippers
Incubation period45 to 60 days, influenced by temperature of the sand and atmosphere
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