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Olive Ridley Turtle

Olive Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

A relatively small turtle weighing up to 50 kilograms (females heavier than males) makes this the smallest of the sea turtles.

The carapace is grey-green to olive (hence the name), and heart shaped.

Distributed around the globe in tropical waters, Olive Ridley's are primarily pelagic, but can be found in coastal waters and estuaries, either feeding or nesting.

Although they are considered the most abundant globally, they are not the most common in East African waters, and due to the loss of nesting sites among other factors, they are listed as 'Vulnerable' by the IUCN

The Olive Ridley is mainly carnivorous, eating a wide range of small marine animals. They are also known to feed on algae.

They are well known for their mass nestings, when thousands of females congregate on the same beach, this is called an 'arribada', a Spanish word which translates to 'mass arrival'.

 

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