Sea Turtle Stories

Olive Ridley Project

Sea turtles, one of the most ancient species of our world have truly stood the test of time. They have seen human civilisations rise and fall, inspired ocean deities across cultures, and baffled scientists with their unique instincts - one of which is a hatchling's impulse to orient itself in the direction of the sea, straight from its nest. In an effort to uncover the mysterious lives of these sea creatures, we bring you our podcast series on all things sea turtle. Join us as we dive into conversations with experts from around the world, simplifying complexities of sea turtle science, culture, and conservation. About Olive Ridley Project : The Olive Ridley Project (ORP), a charity founded in 2013, registered in England & Wales, Maldives and Kenya, is on a mission to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and conservation medicine, scientific research, and education and outreach. Headquartered in the UK, we currently operate in Kenya, Maldives, Pakistan, Oman and Seychelles, where we are supported by a passionate and dedicated team of scientists, veterinarians, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers. For more information, visit us at oliveridleyproject.org, or for queries write to us at info@oliveridleyproject.org. read less
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Sea Turtle Stories Trailer
Jun 7 2024
Sea Turtle Stories Trailer
Did you know that sea turtles have been around since the days of the dinosaurs? Sadly, they are now threatened with extinction.Welcome to Sea Turtle Stories, a podcast where sea turtle experts from around the globe help us uncover the lives of sea turtles and the conservation practices associated with them - from the mysterious lost years of hatchlings, the overlooked ecology of male sea turtles to the workings of sea turtle hatcheries and sea turtle bycatch management in fisheries - we have got it all covered.This eight episode podcast series is hosted by Dr Minnie Lidell and premieres on 16 June, 2024, with new episodes releasing twice every month.So whether you are a seasoned conservationist, a curious listener, or simply passionate about sea turtles, this podcast promises something for everyone.Subscribe or follow us to stay updated on new episode releases.Happy listening!We would love to hear your questions, comments or suggestions about the podcast. Email us at: seaturtlestories@oliveridleyproject.orgVisit: https://oliveridleyproject.org/ to learn more about sea turtles.Olive Ridley Project (ORP), a charity founded in 2013, is on a mission is to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and conservation medicine, scientific research, and education and outreachTo support Olive Ridley Project’s work in sea turtle conservation, you can, Name and Adopt a wild sea turtle, Adopt a turtle patient or Donate here: https://oliveridleyproject.org/donateFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tiktok and Youtube.Credits:The Sea Turtle Stories podcast is presented by Olive Ridley ProjectThe host for the podcast series is Dr Minnie LiddellThe podcast is edited, mixed and mastered by Dev RamkumarThe podcast series is produced by Anadya Singh
Why Sea Turtles - With Dr Martin Stelfox
Jun 15 2024
Why Sea Turtles - With Dr Martin Stelfox
The earliest ancestor of modern day sea turtles appeared about 120 million years ago. Interestingly, these species laid hard-shelled eggs, as opposed to the soft-shelled eggs that we see now. Then a big mass extinction event around 66 million years ago wiped out about 50 percent of plants and animals. But not these guys – sea turtles managed to survive!When asked 'Why sea turtles?', Dr Martin Stelfox, founder and CEO of Olive Ridley Project declares that he finds sea turtles ‘absolutely fascinating’.In this inaugural episode Martin sets the stage and introduces sea turtles, diving into their extraordinary evolutionary history, the complex roles they play in the marine ecosystem, the threats they face, and how these challenges have spurred the work of the Olive Ridley Project. Interestingly, Martin also discusses the scope for leveraging AI in sea turtle rehabilitative care – a compelling topic for those interested in employing technology for conservation.But that’s not all, Martin then sheds light on the seldom-seen, often harrowing mating rituals of sea turtles, highlighting the resilience of these creatures.The illuminating conversation takes a personal turn towards the end, as Martin shares his perspectives on the current shortcomings of sea turtle conservation practices and expresses his hopes for the future.Links for additional reading:How the turtle got its shell: A quick look into the evolutionary history of sea turtles, centred around their most recognisable feature - the shell!What are Ghost Nets Tracing the origin of olive ridley turtles entangled in ghost nets in the Maldives: A phylogeographic assessment of populations at riskUsing Photo-ID to document and monitor the prevalence of fibropapilloma tumours in a foraging aggregation of green turtlesHow do sea turtles mate? A quick read and some very rare footageCommunity in Sea Turtle Conservation Webinar: Perspectives from the Global SouthWe would love to hear your questions, comments or suggestions about the podcast. Email us at: seaturtlestories@oliveridleyproject.orgVisit: https://oliveridleyproject.org/ to learn more about sea turtles.Olive Ridley Project (ORP), a charity founded in 2013, is on a mission is to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and conservation medicine, scientific research, and education and outreach.To support Olive Ridley Project’s work in sea turtle conservation, you can, Name and Adopt a wild sea turtle, Adopt a turtle patient or Donate here: https://oliveridleyproject.org/donateFollow us on...
Navigating Nesting - With Dr Jeanne Mortimer
Jun 30 2024
Navigating Nesting - With Dr Jeanne Mortimer
Did you know that sea turtles take about 20-30 years to reach sexual maturity and reproduce.“The turtles that you're looking at on the beach this year may have hatched out of their eggs 35 years ago. So what happened 35 years ago is going to determine what kind of population you have now.  And what you do now is going to determine what kind of population you have 35 years from now” says Dr Jeanne Mortimer.In this second episode of Sea Turtle Stories, we delve into one of the most crucial life stages for sea turtles - nesting. And who better to help us navigate this intricate, fascinating and vulnerable period in a sea turtle’s life than Dr Jeanne Mortimer, a legend in sea turtle conservation, affectionately known as Madame Torti in Seychelles.Dr Jeanne’s appreciation for female sea turtles shines through as she discusses the biology of nesting turtles, the curious case of Seychelles hawksbills that nest during daytime and the vulnerabilities these animals face when they come ashore.She also shares effective strategies she has employed to protect these animals, highlighting the significance of community involvement and offering valuable lessons from her decades of dedication to sea turtle conservation.Links for additional reading:Simple, yet effective: Protection at the nesting beachConservation of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Republic of SeychellesFall and Rise of Nesting Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) at Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles:Positive Response to Four Decades of Protection (1968–2008)Green turtle diet is dominated by seagrass in the Western Indian Ocean except amongst gravid femalesORP’s Nesting Beach Code of Conduct (Downloadable PDF)Turtle Action Group’s work in SeychellesWe would love to hear your questions, comments or suggestions about the podcast. Email us at: seaturtlestories@oliveridleyproject.orgOlive Ridley Project (ORP), a charity founded in 2013, is on a mission is to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and conservation medicine, scientific research, and education and outreachTo support Olive Ridley Project’s work in sea turtle conservation, you can, Name and Adopt a wild sea turtle, Adopt a turtle patient or Donate here: https://oliveridleyproject.org/donateFollow us on Instagram,
'Eggsploring' Hatching Failure - With Alessia Lavigne
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'Eggsploring' Hatching Failure - With Alessia Lavigne
Looking at an egg and wondering when and if it ever hosted life is a curiosity most of us are familiar with. But what about sea turtle eggs?With each sea turtle nest containing anywhere between 60-120 eggs, not all of them hatch into baby sea turtles - some instead exhibit hatching failure. But why do these eggs remain unhatched, and should we even care?In our third episode, we welcome Alessia Lavigne, a passionate young researcher who believes that hatching failure in threatened sea turtle populations is a cause for concern that demands investigation. After all, eggs hatching successfully is key to ensuring population renewal.So join Dr Minnie and Alessia, as they crack into the mystery surrounding sea turtle egg development, exploring the reasons behind hatching failure and their implications for sea turtle conservation.Links for additional reading:Understanding early reproductive failure in turtles and tortoise by Lavigne, A. M., Bullock, R., Shah, N. J., Tagg, C., Zora, A., & Hemmings, N. (2023). bioRxiv.A field key to the developmental stages of marine turtles (Cheloniidae) with notes on the development of Dermochelys by Miller, J.D., J.A. Mortimer & C.J. Limpus.(2023). Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 16: 111-122.Failure to launch: what’s happening with Seychelles’ turtle and tortoise eggs? A project by Alessia LavigneAlessia’s InstagramWe would love to hear your questions, comments or suggestions about the podcast. Email us at: seaturtlestories@oliveridleyproject.orgOlive Ridley Project (ORP), a charity founded in 2013, is on a mission is to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and conservation medicine, scientific research, and education and outreachTo support Olive Ridley Project’s work in sea turtle conservation, you can, Name and Adopt a wild sea turtle, Adopt a turtle patient or Donate here: https://oliveridleyproject.org/donateFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tiktok and YoutubeCredits:The Sea Turtle Stories podcast is presented by Olive Ridley ProjectThe host for the podcast series is Dr Minnie LiddellThe podcast is edited, mixed and mastered by Dev RamkumarThe podcast series is produced and researched by Anadya Singh