Olive Ridley, an endangered turtle species reach our Chennai shores from December unto March every year with the ocean currents, from as far as the Pacific Ocean. They nest on chennai beaches at night, laying eggs as they have been doing for 180 million years.ezoneINDIA endeavours to create awareness about the plight of this endangered species and the state of coastal environment.
Olive Ridleys rarely weigh over 50 kg. It will take 45 days for the eggs to hatch and once they are out of their shells they fend for themselves. The Olive Ridley turtles nest on Chennai beaches at night, between December and April every year.
Human predation in the nesting habitat, coastal degradation and development and fishing practices such as the use of long lines and gill nets also contribute to the decimation of the Olive Ridley turtles by an astounding fifty percent during the last several decades.
Turtles swim more than 21000 miles to make their nest and lay eggs. So let’s run to save these beautiful swimmers. By supporting Ridley Run, you are helping to create awareness of the endangered Olive ridley turtle population, help local communities and to protect thousands of hatchlings.
Turtles have been on earth for 150 million years, since before the time of the dinosaurs.
Sea turtles may live up to a 100 years old.
The mother sea turtle travels thousands of miles to nest where it was born.
Sea turtles are the largest reptiles in the world by weight.
Female turtles are washed ashore to nest,with several thousand coming ashore at the same time. This migration ashore is called an arribada which in Spanish means "arrival by sea"
Most females return faithfully to the same beach each time they are ready to nest, not only on the same beach, but within a few hundred yards of where they last nested
Nesting turtles appear to shed tears, but in fact these salty secretions are the turtles’ way of ridding their body of excess salt consumed at sea.
Run to create awareness and save Olive Ridley Turtles from extinction.
1km, 3km & 5km
Sunday, 17 February 2019, 6:00 AM
Reporting time: 05:15 AM
Warm up: 05:15 to 5:45 AM
Line-up time: 05:45 AM
Start time: 06:00 AM
Line-up time: 06:10 AM
Start time: 06:15 AM
Line-up time: 06:25 AM
Start time: 06:30 AM
BIB will be distributed one day prior to the event, finishers will receive certificates, medals & refreshment.