Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Lays Eggs
The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is the rarest, smallest, and most endangered species of sea turtles. Yet, there is hope for this creature. One mama recently laid eggs on Babe’s Beach in Texas.
In an effort to ensure the success of the eggs hatching, conservationists relocated the eggs to a secured incubation center to avoid the many dangers these turtles could encounter, such as predators, storms, and human-caused debris. Upon a successful incubation period, 45 Kemp’s Ridley turtles hatched and successfully made it to the ocean this past June.
This circle of life is just a small sign of the promising rehabilitation of these vital ecosystems – a hopeful sign for sea turtles everywhere. Read more about this sea turtle journey from Smithsonian Magazine at this link.