|Lepidochelys Olivacea Sea Turtle|
Lepidochelys Olivacea is Carapace semicircular in outline, depressed, its width‐about 90% of the length. Head small (about 22%of carapace length) with 2 pairs of prefrontal scutes and a horny beak which may be finely serrated. Usually more than 5 pairs (sometime even 7) of lateral scutes on carapace, anterior pair touching the precentral scutes; 4 pairs of inframarginal scutes, each perforated by a pore towards its hind margin; adults with only one visible claw on each flipper.
Lepidochelys olivaceae is most common turtle in India and the main population occurs in the Bay of Bengal. About 3 lakhs nest in Orissa, which have two important sights in the north east as Gahirmatha within the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary and Nadiakhia Muhana and Akasa muhana. Mass nesting at Gahirmatha occurs annually, mainly around Ekkula where a total of 5 lakhs have been estimated to nest. Small
numbers nest at any size elsewhere around the coast including the Gulf of Kutch, Sourastra, Peninsular, Gulf of Khambhat, Piraton island, and along the entire east coast, including near Madras and eastward area of
Vedaranayam swamp, the Krishna delta, Sundarbans, Kanak island, Bakha beach, Lothian mechua syamarysayal and on the Andaman, and Nicobar and Lakhadweep islands.