Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

Xavier Cortada, Kemps ridley sea turtle, digital art, 15″ x 22″, 2015

The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) are arguably the most endangered sea turtle in the world. Although a very rare nester in this area, juveniles are known to live temporarily in the back bay waters of Pine Island Sound. A short term grant allowed researchers to radio tag several of these reptiles that feed on the spider crabs nestled in the sea grass beds. The turtles wandered as temperatures of the water fluctuated. It appears Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles have an aversion to cold water.

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