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South America
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Shared by : Aaditya Singh (Austria)
Habitat : North America- Off the eastern coast of USA and Mexico in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
Status : Critically Endangered (One of the most threatened species of marine turtles)
About
The smallest sea turtle species with specially adapted flipper-like front limbs and a triangular-shaped head with a somewhat hooked beak with large crushing surfaces.
Shallow-water benthic feeder with a diet consisting primarily of crabs.
Threats
Extensive poaching for meat before it was assigned a protected status.
Death by entanglement in fishing gear. (the bycatch phenomenon)
Water pollution and habitat loss.
Over-harvesting of their eggs during the last century.
Efforts
Protected status in USA and Mexico.
The TED or turtle excluder device was innovated for use in fishing practices to allow the turtles to escape being caught by trawlers and other fishing gear.
Reintroduction of these captive-bred populations into the wild.

Photo & Reference
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kemp%27s_Ridley_sea_turtle_nesting.JPG
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/11533/0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemp%27s_ridley_sea_turtle
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/k/kemps-ridley-sea-turtle/#/kemps-ridley-sea-turtle.JPG

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