Date : 26 Dec 2021
Olive Ridley turtles - The Tagging Process BeginsTags :
Why in News?
- The tagging process of the Olive Ridley begins on Odisha’s Ganjam Coast, to track their movements and enhance the protection of endangered turtles.
About the Turtles
- The Olive ridley turtles are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.
- These turtles are carnivores and get their name from their olive-colored carapace.
Their protection Status
- Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Scheduled 1
- IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
- CITES Appendix I
- The unique mass nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles in which female turtles assemble on the same beach to lay eggs is called Arribada.
Sites of Mass Nesting:
- Dhamra River
- Rushikulya River
- Devi River
Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary
- It is the world’s largest nesting beach of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
- It is located in Odisha.
- Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is one of the three parts of the Bhitarkanika National Park.
- The other two include the area of Bhitarkanika National Park and the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.