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March 3, 2009

Illustration courtesy Lizabeth West and FWC.
Illustration courtesy Lizabeth West and FWC.

Decal purchase helps fund research and conservation

The Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) is the smallest and most endangered sea turtle in the world.  Weighing only around 100 pounds, the grayish-green shell, or carapace (24 to 28 inches in length), is rounder than other sea turtle species in Florida.  The Kemp’s ridley is named for the Key West fisherman, Richard M. Kemp, who provided the first specimen to be identified in 1906.  While each year there are a few Kemp’s ridley nests on Florida’s beaches, most Kemp’s ridleys nest during the day in large numbers on a few beaches in Mexico.  Adults, subadults, and juveniles use Florida’s coastal mudflats, grass beds, bays, and estuaries for feeding and developmental habitat.

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