7 Species of Endangered Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are a group of endangered animals that live in the oceans. All of which is happening due to human negligence. People are using marine resources as if they are unlimited.

All seven species of sea turtles are endangered. Here are the most endangered sea turtles that we must persevere to protect:

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (shown)

The loggerhead sea turtle is a species of sea turtle found in the Atlantic Ocean along the southeastern seaboard, in the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean Seas. Loggerheads feed off jelly fish and listed as vulnerable due to the threats of extinction. Major threats to their population are entanglement in fishing gear, coastal development, human exploitation and plastic pollution as turtles mistakingly identifying floating plastic bags as edible jellyfish.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

The smaller of the sea turtles at 30 inches in length with weight of up to 100 lbs, these coastal turtles prefer to eat crabs. Look for them in SC and the southeastern US along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Habitats with Al or sandy bottoms help them to more easily find prey. Famous for their huge crop nestings.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is a critically endangered species. The turtle has a greenish-gray color with a leathery shell. It is named for the olive-colored ridges that run down its head and back. The main threats to the survival of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle are human activities such as fishing, coastal development, and pollution. They are also killed as bycatch by fishermen seeking other species.

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