The rarest species of sea turtle in the world, called Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, have laid eggs for the first time on a beach in Texas. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are incredibly small and also incredibly endangered due to overfishing. RJ Shelly, a Marine Extension Agent, spent a morning assisting the hatching turtles and leading them safely into the water on Magnolia Beach. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles primarily reside on one beach in Mexico, so their journey to Texas is no small feat. Hopefully, the hatchlings are a sign that the species are on their way to repopulating and becoming less endangered.
Image via RJ Shelly
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