March 21, 2023
  • Several ORT breeding grounds in Godavari region like Sakhinetipalli, Malikipuram, Mamidikuduru and Allavaram etcof Andhra Pradesh (A.P) have been witnessing mass mortality of turtles.
  • Scientific name of Olive Ridley Turtles (ORT) is Lepidochelys olivacea
  • ORT are smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles, inhabiting warm waters of Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.
  • In India, they nest mostly in eastern coast in A.P and Odisha (Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and Rushikulya coast).
  • ORT, along with Kemps ridley turtle, are best known for their unique mass nesting called Arribada.
  • Threats: Unfriendly fishing practices, exploitation of nesting beaches.
  • Protection: IUCN status: Vulnerable, Schedule I species under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

© 2023 Civilstap Himachal Design & Development