Olive ridley (
Lepidochelys olivacea) - Endangered
One of the endangered sea turtle species, olive ridleys are thought to be the most abundant. However, they are still endangered because there remain only a few
nesting sites worldwide where they congregate in large numbers.
Olive ridleys live primarily in the northern hemisphere, principally in the eastern Pacific and Indian oceans. In the recent past, there were important populations in northern South America. They migrate thousands of miles in the course of a year, between nesting and feeding grounds. Adults travel and rest mostly in surface waters, but have been observed diving and feeding in waters 550 ft (about 200 m) deep.
Download a fact sheet about the olive ridley sea turtle here.