Olive Ridleys choose the darkest nights to nest so as to avoid predators, of which humans are arguably one species.
Specifically, I explore Olive Ridley turtle conservation in Odisha, India, using this case to map the complexities of caring for and protecting nonhuman animals in the contemporary world and to track what such efforts might indicate about the changing ways in which humans impinge upon the lives of their nonhuman cohabitants of the planet (1).
The paper draws on interview and documentary materials gathered over the course of field research on Olive Ridley conservation in Odisha.
Having taken millions of years to evolve from a land to sea turtle, today the olive ridley
is considered an endangered species.
The Olive Ridley
turtles, which are listed as an endangered species, land up in thousands on Indian shores between the months of November and March.
The Olive Ridley
is usually found in the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but the nearest area in the Arabian Gulf where they nest is in UAE waters or Omani seashores.
Ashok Kumar, vice-chairman, Wildlife Trust of India, a body that has been fairly active on this issue, says: "The threat to Olive Ridley
turtles in India is very serious and must be dealt with on a war footing.
Every year, thousands of the Olive Ridley turtles become prey to the trawlers used in illegal fishing.
Environmentalists allege that the killing of thousands of rare Olive Ridley turtles has become a routine, but Government has not taken any action so far.
However chief of Wild Life Warden said the Department was keeping a watch to ensure that the Olive Ridley congregation areas are kept free of the fishing activities.
Lepidochelys olivacea nesting in Peru: the southernmost records in the eastern Pacific.
Around 20,000 Olive Ridley
sea turtles crawled ashore from the Bay of Bengal, almost after a month's delay, to lay eggs at the 2.