Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Olive-Ridley-Sea Turtle

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.

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