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Fact of the Day: Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the smallest species of sea turtle,  participate in one of the most intriguing nesting rituals, called arribadas, meaning “arrivals” in Spanish. During an arribada, huge numbers of female Kemp’s ridleys waddle up beaches simultaneously to lay their eggs. 

These already threatened sea turtles are facing further obstacles from the Gulf oil spill. If you haven’t already done so, please sign the petition to stop offshore drilling to help protect these turtles and other crucial wildlife in the future. 

Come back tomorrow for another FOTD, browse Oceana.org/Explore for more animal facts, and check out Oceana.org/TurtlesOffTheHook for more info about how to help save sea turtles. 


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