Friday, December 4, 2009

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Tortuga Marina Lora

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Tortue Marine
Lepidochely olivacea

Foto: Adrian Hepworth

unused, bought in 2009

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The Olive Ridley also known as the Pacific Ridley, is one of the smallest species of sea turtle. It is named for the olive-green color of its heart-shaped shell.

These lightly-built turtles have an average weight just over 46 kilograms (100 lb). They have a high-domed shell, with a carapace length of only 76 centimetres (30 in).

Though listed by the US Endangered Species Act, populations in the Atlantic Ocean continue to dwindle, while the populations found in areas around the Pacific Ocean seem to be on the rise.

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