These ancient mariners face serious threats around the world.
Each of the seven sea turtle species is threatened or endangered, and the Kemp’s ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) is the most vulnerable to extinction. In 2010, scientists estimated there were only 13,000 nesting Kemp’s ridley females worldwide.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles gracefully glide throughout the Gulf of Mexico and as far north as Nova Scotia. They spend most of their lives in the water, and females return to the beach where they were hatched to lay their own eggs. The average clutch contains one hundred eggs, and only one of the hundred is expected to make it to adulthood due to predation and threats posed by human activities.
Disturbance of nesting beaches, over-harvesting of shells, entanglement in fishing nets and pollution threaten these animals. Meet the ABQ BioPark Aquarium’s Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles at Sea Turtle Awareness Day on January 26 and discover how our actions matter for protecting ocean life.
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