Olive Ridley, Goa

Olive Ridley

Besides its picturesque beaches and mesmerizing views, Goa is famous worldwide for its exotic marine life that dwells along its extensive coastline. Along with common varieties of marine animals and plants, Goa also serves as a haven for many endangered species, like Olive Ridley. A rare and popular turtle species, it is usually found at Agonda beach, Galibag beach and Morjim beach, where they arrive during breeding season, spanning from the month of Oct to the month of March. These heart shaped, olive green colored turtles, also known as Pacific Ridley, feed on fish, oysters, jellyfish and crabs. Travelling vast distances for nesting their eggs, these turtles have successfully survived due to the commendable efforts of the Goa Forest Department, which has made special provisions to provide a safe and appropriate environment for these endangered turtles to dwell in. Not only the officials, but the local community is also actively participating in the conservation of Olive Ridley.

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