Seven Incredible Tidbits about the Olive Ridley Turtles

1) The Olive Ridley Turtle shell is made up of 60 different bones all connected together and developed from their ribs.
Olive Ridley Turtles are characterized by a special bony shell which is developed from their ribs and acts as a shield against predators.

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2) Olive Ridley Turtle gender is determined by temperature.
Warmer temperatures yield more female offspring, while cooler temperatures yield more males.

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3) Baby Olive Ridley Turtles need the light of the moon to survive.
The hatchlings use an egg tooth to open the egg shell. Once out they dig their way out of the nest. Guided by the moon light, they quickly make their way to the water.

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4) Olive Ridley Turtles are omnivores.
Olive Ridley Turtles feed mostly on a wide variety of invertebrates such as shrimp, sea jellies, lobsters, and crabs. They will also prey on fish. They use multiple feeding grounds, typically foraging offshore to depths of 500 ft on bottom dwelling crustaceans.

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5) Olive Ridley Turtles can live as long as humans. The lifespan of the Olive Ridley Turtles is believed to be 50 to 60 years.

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6) In the Indian Ocean, the majority of Olive Ridleys, nest in two or three large groups near Gahirmatha in Odisha. In 1991, over 600,000 turtles nested along the coast of Odisha in one week.

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7) The fishing communities in Orissa are encouraged to use TEDs (Turtle Excluder Device is a specialized device that allows a captured sea turtle to escape when caught in a fisherman’s net), thereby aiding the conservation of Olive Ridley Turtles.

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