Common name : Pacific ridley sea turtle
Scientific name : Lepidochelys olivacea
Family : Cheloniidae
Native to : Pacific and Indian Oceans
Interesting fact : Thousands of turtles migrate and come together, called arribada, to lay their eggs in the beach.
Conservation status : Vulnerable
Olive ridley turtles have typical heart-shaped shells which may appear reddish due to algal growth. They are small sea turtles reaching only 2 feet long. They prefer warm tropical oceans and shallow marine water. Their diet is made of jellyfish, snails, crabs, shrimp and sometimes algae and seaweed. They live for 50 years.