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The data that Shaver, Rubio and their colleagues gather on each turtle will help give them a sense of the lives of Kemp's ridleys during the time they're not nesting: how far they travel, how much time they spend in different areas and how fast they grow, among other measures.
Juvenile head-started Kemp's Ridleys found in floating grass mats.
Sea turtles don't usually hang out in the Netherlands, but that's just where a lost Kemp's ridley sea turtle was found in 2008.
To address this concern, we obtained humeri from 13 known-age Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) and two loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles for the purposes of examining the growth marks and comparing growth mark counts to actual age.
(Turtles are just part of the yearly 60 billion pounds of global "bycatch"-- creatures unintentionally snared by fishermen's nets.) The Kemp's ridley is especially vulnerable to capture in shrimp nets because most adults of this species live in the Gulf of Mexico, a prime shrimp fishery.
-- Specimens of Kemp's ridley and loggerhead sea turtles which died during captive rearing (1984 to 1996) were subjected to complete necropsy.
From his plane high above Mexico's coastline, Herrera filmed thousands of Kemp's ridley turtles swarming Rancho Nuevo to lay eggs on the 14-mile stretch of beach.
3), which makes it easier for egg collectors, and 3) the Kemp's ridley also has a coastal distribution that makes it particularly vulnerable to incidental capture in commercial fishing trawls.
Exhibits on sea turtles emphasize Kemp's ridleys, or tortuga lora as they are known in Mexico.
Dozens of Kemp's ridleys were found with heads and flippers cut off -- evidence of mutilation by shrimpers.
The Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles are listed as endangered.