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Olive Ridley

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  • December 24, 2021
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Olive Ridley

Part of: Prelims and GS-III – Conservation

Context Scientists have resumed tagging of Olive Ridley turtles at Rushikulya rookery along the Odisha coast 

Key takeaways 

  • Researchers of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) are carrying out tagging of the Olive Ridleys at three mass nesting sites — Gahirmatha, Devi River mouth and Rushikulya.
  • The tagging would help them identify the migration path and places visited by the marine reptiles after congregation and nesting.
  • The study would also reveal the inter-rookery movement of turtles in Odisha. 
  • The metal tags affixed to turtles are non-corrosive and they do not harm their body. 
  • The tags are uniquely numbered containing details such as the name of the organisation, country-code and email address.

About Olive Ridley

  • The Olive Ridley sea turtle is the most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.
  • It is found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • It is best known for their unique mass nesting called arribada, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable.

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