If you are looking for the world’s smallest and rarest sea turtle, you might want to meet Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. It has a round, olive-green shell and a white or yellowish belly. It also has a hooked beak and large eyes that help it find its prey.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are mostly found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast of North America, but they can also swim as far as Europe and Africa. They feed on crabs, fish, mollusks, and other marine animals. They are famous for their synchronized nesting behavior, where thousands of females come ashore at the same time and place to lay their eggs. This phenomenon is called an arribada, which means “arrival” in Spanish.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No