The Smallest of the Sea Turtles

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is the smallest of all the sea turtle species, reaching only 2 feet in shell length and weighing up to only 100 pounds. They also have the smallest distribution of all the turtles, found primarily in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They are the most endangered of all these reptiles and even though great measures have been taken to protect this species, their population is still struggling to rebound. In fact, these animals have a single beach as their only major breeding site in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico where they come onshore once a year by the thousands to nest; a phenomenon called arribadas.


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