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Olive Ridley Turtles

Posted on : 27 Jan 2020

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  • The Odisha forest department banned fishing between November 2019-May 2020, in the state’s Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary to protect Olive Ridley turtles.
  • Gahiramatha, located in Odisha, is known as the world’s largest Olive Ridley rookery.
  • These animals come in lakhs in the waters surrounding the sanctuary in November for mating. The females lay eggs in March.
  • Trawlers and boatmen have been directed not to fish within 20 kilometres of the coastline.
  • The Olive Ridley Turtles are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world, inhabiting warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.
  • These turtles, along with their cousin, Kemps Ridley turtle, are best known for their unique mass nesting called Arribada, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.
  • The species is recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red list and is placed under Appendix 1 of CITES.
  • They are carnivores, and feed mainly on jellyfish, shrimp, snails, crabs, molluscs and a variety of fish and their eggs.
  • These turtles spend their entire lives in the ocean, and migrate thousands of kilometres between feeding and mating grounds in the course of a year.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Olive Ridley Turtles
    1.They are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.
    2.This species is recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red list.
    Which of the above statements is/are Correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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