Kemp's Ridley Turtle
Facts About Kemp's Turtle
- Named Kemp's after Richard Kemp, who helped discover it.
- Kemp's Ridley turtle is one of the smallest of the sea turtles with the adults only reaching around 2-3 feet in length and weighing up to 99 pounds. Lifespan of 30-50 years.
- They have powerful jaws that help them eat crabs.
- They live near the shore.
- between 7 and 15 usually mate every 1 to 3 years.
- They are threatened because humans collect the eggs.
- Incidental capture in fishing gear
- Primarily in shrimp and other trawls, but also in gill nets, long lines, traps/ pots, and dredges
- Egg collection was an extreme threat to the population, but since nesting beaches were afforded official protection in 1966, this threat no longer poses a major concern.
images and conservation and cites
Release of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]