Olive Ridley Conservation programme restarted after nearly 25 years
The wildlife flank of the Forest Department has re-started the Olive Ridley conservation after nearly 25 years by setting up a hatchery at Besant Nagar in Chennai. The department set up the hatchery in January 2014 near the broken bridge behind the Theosophical Society premises. Around a dozen people have been employed to guard the hatchery and collect eggs.
The Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a medium-sized species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Olive Ridley Turtles:
- Scientific name: Lepidochelys olivacea .
- Also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle.
- Found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
- Global population of annual nesting females of these turtles reduced to 852,550 by 2008.
- Considered vulnerable because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world.
- Largest breeding ground for these turtles: The Gahirmatha Beach in Kendrapara district of Odisha (India), now a part of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Bhitarkanika Mangroves designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 2002.
- World’s largest known rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
- Two other mass nesting beaches on the mouth of rivers Rushikulya and Devi.