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In a rare occurrence, Olive Ridley turtles turned up for mass nesting for the second time at the Rushikulya rookery on the Odisha coast.
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The olive ridley sea turtle also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, are smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world, species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They can also be found in warm waters of Atlantic ocean.
These turtles, along with their cousin the Kemps ridley turtle, are best known for their unique mass nesting called Arribada, where thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.
The mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles along the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha is affected by anthropogenic pressures. The six-kilometre beach at Rushikulya is an important rookery that was the focus of this Rapid Action Project to protect the eggs, hatchlings and the habitat of the Olive Ridley turtles.
The olive ridley is classified as vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), and is listed in Appendix I of CITES.