olive ridley

noun

Definition of olive ridley

: a relatively small sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) that has a uniformly olive-colored carapace and is found along coasts and in the open sea of the tropical parts of the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans

called also olive ridley turtle

Examples of olive ridley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a two-year research project that began in 2017, Pheasey deployed 101 fake eggs in the nests of olive ridley and green sea turtles across four beaches in Costa Rica, to test their effectiveness in tracking trade routes. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Fake 'decoy' eggs are being used to track turtle poaching," 15 Dec. 2020 According to National Geographic, olive ridley sea turtles are commonly found in warmer waters, and the reptiles can live to be 50 years old. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Sea Turtle Relearns to Swim After Two Flipper Amputations: 'A Great Show of Determination'," 5 Nov. 2020 The researchers then went to four Costa Rican beaches, where green sea turtle and olive ridley sea turtles come ashore to make their nests. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 Scientific Reports detailing a northward shift of 67 species, including bottlenose dolphins and olive ridley sea turtles, during the marine heat wave that occurred between 2014 and 2016. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Bodega Bay tide pools show effects of climate change," 16 Oct. 2020 Her team placed InvestEGGators in 101 different nests of both green sea turtles and olive ridley sea turtles across Costa Rica. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "3-D Printed Sea Turtle Eggs Reveal Poaching Routes," 6 Oct. 2020 The team received tracking data for five other decoys, three of which had been hidden in olive ridley nests and two of which had been concealed in green turtle nests. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 Species like green turtles and olive ridley sea turtles—classified as endangered and vulnerable, respectively—drag themselves up beaches and lay their eggs in the sand. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers," 5 Oct. 2020 Female olive ridleys by the thousands congregate offshore, their forms silhouetted by the starry sky. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are surviving—despite us," 20 Sep. 2019

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Olive ridley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20ridley. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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