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  • 16 February, 2021

  • 5 Min Read

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

  • It is the largest of the seven species of sea turtles.
  • Other species are: Olive Ridley turtle, Green turtle, Hawksbill turtle, Loggerhead turtle, Leatherback turtle
  • Except the Loggerhead, the remaining four species nest along the Indian coast.
  • It is found in all oceans except the Arctic and the Antarctic.
  • Within the Indian Ocean, they nest only in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys and the family Dermochelyidae.
  • It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell.
  • They are listed in Schedule I of India’s Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

STATUS OF TURTLES IN INDIA

  • They are protected in the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, under Schedule I.
  • They are also protected under the Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation programme
  • Five species of Indian turtles along with their IUCN status are as follows:
  • Olive Ridley – Vulnerable
  • Green turtle – Endangered
  • Loggerhead – Vulnerable
  • Hawksbill – Critically Endangered
  • Leatherback – Vulnerable

NITI Aayog’s Tourism Vision

  • NITI Aayog’s vision includes a proposal for a mega-shipment port at Galathea Bay on Great Nicobar Island.
  • Also, the Little Andaman plan proposes phased growth of tourism on this untouched island, which may lead to the de-reservation of over 200 sq km of rainforests and also of about 140 sq km of the Onge Tribal Reserve.

Source: TH


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