A warm welcome to the latest member of the FCG ANZDEC family.
And a warm welcome is exactly what she needs, as olive ridley sea turtles are found in warm and tropical waters. Through www.seaturtle.org, FCG ANZDEC has adopted Maya through their Wildlife Adoption Program.
Maya is an adult Olive ridley turtle and the first turtle ever to be tracked from Guriba island. This island is one of the Crocodile Islands, it is only 7.5 km in circumference but it is an important nesting area for 3 species of sea turtles. Guriba was declared a turtle sanctuary by the Traditional Owners (TOs) from the Crocodile Islands.
Maya laid a clutch of eggs on May 7th and was released with a satellite tag the next morning.
Historically, this species has been widely regarded as the most abundant sea turtle in the world. Yet, they have declined by more than 30% from historic levels. These turtles are considered endangered because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world.