Which is the Smallest Sea Turtle in India?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Olive Ridley Turtle is the Smallest Sea Turtle in India. They can be found in the warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. They are the most numerous sea turtles on the planet. Arribada refers to the unique mass nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Smallest Sea Turtle in India

The Olive Ridley Turtles are the smallest and most abundantly found sea turtles in the world. The species is recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. The coast of Orissa in India is the biggest mass nesting site for the Olive-ridley, observed by the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica.

  • The Dhamra River, Rushikulya River, and Devi River are the three river mouths in India where the Olive Ridley Turtles congregate for mass nesting.
  • The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary in Odisha is home to the world’s largest sea turtle rookery (a colony of breeding animals).
  • Gahirmatha is the world’s largest Olive Ridley Sea Turtle nesting beach.

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