Olive ridley sea turtle

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Olive ridley sea turtle

For the first time, nests of Olive Ridley turtles have been found at Tarkarli Beach (Pulin) in Maharashtra.

  • Olive Ridley is the world’s smallest and most abundant sea turtle. They are found in the warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  • They are carnivorous creatures and eat jellyfish, shrimp, snails etc.
  • They are noted for their unique mass nesting.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Threats: Adverse fishing practices, ghost nets, illegal trade, etc.

Government Initiatives: Operation Olive, Operation Save Kurma, Legal protection under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 etc.

Source – The Hindu

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