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18 March 2023: Carcasses of Olive Ridge

CONTEXT:

  • Carcasses of endangered Olive Ridley turtles were seen washed up on the shore at several places in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Tourists visiting the beaches expressed concern over the mortality of olive ridley turtles.
  • The villagers have also said that injuries were found on some of the carcasses of the turtles.

About Olive Ridley Turtles

  • These are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.
  • They are found in the warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans.
  • They are known for mass nesting called Arribada, where thousands of female turtles gather together on the beach to lay eggs.
  • They are carnivores.
  • IUCN status: vulnerable

MASS NEST SITES IN INDIA

  • Gahirmatha Beach in Odisha
  • Rushikulya river mouth in Odisha
  • Devi River Mouth in Odisha