La Marine Wooden Beach Cottages welcome nature lover and animal conservationists to discover the highly endangered species of Olive Riddley Turtles which have made Morjim beach their home and major nesting site in North Goa.

The olive Riddley turtle is named for the generally greenish colour of its skin and shell, or carapace. Olive ridleys get their name from the skin tone of their heart-shaped shell, which begins with gray but turns olive green in colour once the turtles are adults. They have one to two visible claws on each of their paddle-like flippers.

The Owner of La Marin beach cottage informs that the Olive Riddley sea turtle nests can be found at several sites in the western Indian Ocean, Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The single most important breeding area for Olive Ridleys in the Indian Ocean along the Bay of Bengal is Orissa. 

OLIVE RIDDLEY TURTLES IN GOA: Morjim beach Galgibaga beach & Agonda beach.

Goa is blessed by 03 Turtle Nesting Sites and they are on Morjim beach, Galgibaga beach and Agonda beach. All of the three sites can see some protection efforts done by the Goa Forest Department with the genuine involvement of the local community of Morjim beach and village. The incubation of eggs takes about 40-50 days and the newly hatched larvae return back to sea after hatching. Morjim in North Goa, Galgibaga and Agonda in South Goa are the three main nesting sites of the Olive Ridley"s in Goa.

Morjim Beach Turtles

The preservation & conservation efforts of the Goa Forest Department began way back in 1996, by deploying Forest guards and Nature lover Volunteers to protect the Olive Riddley Turtles and its nests. The Wooden beach cottages of La Marine are at a short distance from this Turtle Nesting Site.

Galgibaga Beach Turtles

Galgibaga is a peaceful beach in Canacona village in South Goa District. The Turtle conservation effort was started here in 1999, motivated with the success of Turtle Conservation in Goa at Morjim.


Agonda beach is about 1km in length and is relatively undisturbed. In 2000-01, nesting season, one turtle nesting was observed by the local people. The forest Department took up the protection of this nest and extended the conservation effort to this site.  During the 2001-02 nesting season, 20 nests were located and protected at this site.


Other Minor nesting sites where irregular and infrequent nesting takes place are at Keri, Harmal and Ashvem in Pernem Taluka; Anjuna and Calangute-Candolim in Bardez Taluka; Velsao, Sernabatim, Colva, Benaulim and Betul in Salcete Taluka; and Patnem, Palolem and Kindlem beaches in Canacona Taluka. The success of the conservation effort has boosted eco-tourism of Olive Riddley Turtles in these areas.

The Indian Government has launched the National Sea Turtle Conservation Project in 1981. The Forest department of Goa started the Turtle Conservation Programme from the year 1996. Presently in Goa only Olive Ridley turtles are nesting in significant numbers on Goa's beaches such as Morjim beach.

Morjim beach cottage welcomes one and all and specially nature lovers, environment enthusiasts and wildlife people to watch and see the Olive Riddley turtles in their natural habitat. Tourists & Travellers staying at La Marines Morjim beach cottages can take advantage of this wonderful & natural experience of nature by visiting a Turtle protected area and have a close look at one of nature’s wonders that is the Olive Ridley Turtle.


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