Kemp's Ridley Sea turtle
By: Emily Salas
Hatchlings returning to the oceanic environment, unlike other sea turtles Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles lay there eggs in the daylight hours.
Female turtle laying her eggs
The lightly colored sections are where the turtles range throughout the Atlantic Ocean
- World's number one most endangered species
- Female nesting population = 1,000 individuals (survival is their daily struggle)
- Mostly found in the Gulf of Mexico but sometimes even found in Nova Scotia
- Shallow waters are preferred
- Their favorite food consist of crabs and other shell fish. They also eat jellyfish, seaweed, and sargassum.
- The females aren't sexually mature until about 10-12 years, but they can live up to 50 years.
- Highly migratory animals, they usually travel all the way back to where they were hAtched to lay their eggs.
- 50 years
- Weigh about 100 pounds
- Did you know?