The Kemp's ridley sea turtle was named after a fisherman from Key West, Florida

named Richard M. Kemp. Kemp submitted the new species for identification in 1906.

Size  24 to 28 inches long, around 100 pounds

Diet  Crabs, fish, jellies and an array of mollusks

Lifespan  Thought to be 7 to 15 years, but might be up to 35 years

Range  Tropical to temperate waters worldwide

Habitat  Throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, from Florida to New England

Predators  Foxes, weasels, cats, dogs, raccoons, crabs and more eat eggs and
hatchlings. Sharks and other large fishes prey on juveniles and adults.

Relatives  There are seven species of sea turtles, including the green, loggerhead,
Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flat back and leatherback.

Family life  Female Kemp’s ridleys nest all at once in a large group called an arriba. In 1947, about 42,000 turtles nested in an arriba in Rancho Nuevo Mexico.

Conservation status  Critically Endangered   Kemp's ridleys face major threats from accidental catch.

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