Meet the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Today was a special day at Playa Viva, in that it marked the release of a nest of tiny baby Olive Ridley sea turtles into the ocean. As you may know, Playa Viva is home to a sea turtle sanctuary, which protects the eggs and releases the hatchlings of both Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles.

Today's hatchlings taking their first steps! #seaturtles #tortugas #conservation #playaviva

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Want to know more? Here are some fun facts about the Olive Ridley:

Endangered status: Threatened, with an estimated 800,000 females in the wild

Lifespan: 30-50 years

Size: Adults can reach up to 85 pounds, making the Olive Ridley one of the smallest of the sea turtles

Nesting behaviour: The Olive Ridley is known for a unique nesting behavior known as an arribata. In this, nesting females gather offshore, before simultaneously making their way to the beach, where they bury their eggs in the sand in one mass nesting event.

Range: Olive Ridleys have been spotted up to 2,400 miles from shore

Sources and further reading:

http://www.conserveturtles.org/seaturtleinformation.php?page=olive-ridley

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/oliveridley.htm

http://www.nestonline.org/OliveRidleySeaTurtle.htm  

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