kemps ridley sea turtle

Found this nice video about the state of the world’s Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.




This is the information from the video information:

Thirty years ago, a film entitled The Heartbreak Turtle began telling the grim details about the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle. It described how each year 2,000 eggs were given by the people of Mexico to the people of the United States each year to incubate. Then tiny hatchlings were raised by the government for almost a year or head started to give them a greater chance to survive when released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Conservation policies have changed but the work goes on to save the Kemps ridley sea turtles from extinction. Progress is being made but public education is the key to this sea turtles recovery. Nests are increasing on the Texas coast making it important that tourists and residents are vigilant and watch for tracks, nesters and hatchlings during the spring nesting season.

A new documentary is needed. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) with funding from The Meadows Foundation have completed a number of excellent interviews with scientists and educators who continue working for the preservation of the Kemps ridleys.

Kemp Ridleys are an endangered sea turtle species. They have an SCL (straight carapace length) of a maximum of two and a half feet. Read more information here, at the NOAA Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle page.

*photo by Louisiana GOHSEP, cropped | CC BY-SA 2.0

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