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Olive Ridley turtles


Context: Olive Ridley turtles nesting season begins and some of them have started laying eggs on the seashore.

  • It is important to keep predators away so as to create a conducive environment for the nesting season.
  • Every year, at the same place and time, thousands of female Olive ridley sea turtles come ashore to nest and lay their eggs on the beach.
  • This mass nesting event is known as an arribada, meaning “arrival by sea” in Spanish.
  • Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles comes to Gahiramatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. It is known as the world's largest rookery of sea turtles and is located within the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district.
  • The rookery at Gahiramatha, was declared a marine sanctuary in 1997 by the government to protect the endangered Olive ridley turtles.
  • Olive Ridleys are protected under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, as a Schedule I species.