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Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829)
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; Olive Ridley Seaturtle
Family: Cheloniidae


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Distribution of Lepidochelys olivacea in British Columbia in British Columbia


Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is found around the world in tropical and sub-tropical waters near shore (22-55 m) (Wikipedia 2011). In British Columbia, it is presently considered an accidental species, with only one confirmed record in BC waters--it was first reported in the province in 2011 (from Wickaninnish Beach, Vancouver Island in November 2011).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalNot Listed

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Species References

McAlpine, Donald F., Michael C. James, John Line and Stan A.Orchard. 2007. Status and Conservation of Marine Turtles in Canadian Waters. In: Ecology, Conservation, and Status of Reptiles in Canada. Carolyn N.L. Seburn and Christine A. Bishop, Editors, Herpetological Conservation 2:85–112.