Unfortunately, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle’s rarity is a reflection of the fact that it has been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They are threatened by a litany of human activities, including habitat loss, pollution, and fishing. Similarly, many Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were lost after the Deepwater Horizon explosion due to the resulting oil spill.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 18 L x 17 W x 6 H
- Size in inches: 7.09 L x 6.69 W x 2.36 H
- UPC: 095866262402
The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is listed as critically endangered, mainly due to its eggs being over-harvested by humans. Since newborn turtles are highly vulnerable to predators, such as dogs and seabirds, until they reach the water, their numbers have been rebounding at a very slow rate. The other major threat to the species is unintentional capture by fishing equipment. Conservation efforts include fishing gear modifications and legal protection of nesting sites.