Bon voyage: A child watches as baby Olive Ridley turtles head for the ocean after being released on Tuesday at Sunrise beach on Nusa Penida’s Lembongan island. JP/Niken Prathivi
“Are those black turtles?” a participant in a sea turtle release tour casually asked her girlfriend, who replied, “They certainly look black.”
Well, they are black – but definitely not black sea turtles, girls.
Please meet the rather elegantly named Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) also known as or penyu sisik semu (fake fish-scales turtle), one of Indonesia’s sea turtle species and one of a
total of seven living species around the world. Five of the others are green sea turtles (Chelonia midas), leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta), hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) and flatback turtles (Natator depressu...