Endangerment of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

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Informative Speech: Endangerment of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

In 1947 it was reported that over 40,000 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were nesting along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and today only 200 Kemp Ridley’s remain on those grounds, making these sea turtles one of the most endangered animals in the United States. When I was younger I remember visiting South Padre Island and seeing holes a long the shore line with little eggs inside them, I also remember this man who drove up and down the beach looking for those eggs in a golf cart. I asked my mom “Why is this man taking away these eggs, won’t the momma be sad?” my mom then told me that these were in fact the eggs of the Kemp’s Ridley. I had no idea how that was relevant, I was six years old and I only understood that this man was stealing baby turtles! Earlier this year I realized that this man worked for a scientific research center. He would find the eggs and carefully place them into an incubator to be taken to the research center for preservation until they were ready to hatch. Now that I understood what was happening on the shores of South Padre during my vacation I decided to look into further detail about the Kemp’s Ridley and their endangerment situation and I would like to share this information with you. Kemp’s Ridley’s got their name from Richard M. Kemp who made the first report of seeing the turtles. They mainly in the live in the Gulf of Mexico but some baby turtles are found near the Atlantic. Most female Kemp’s Ridley’s lay their eggs on the main nesting beach of Rancho Nuevo in Mexico. Where they dig a hole lay their eggs, cover them with sand and then leave them to hatch and get to the ocean alone. Parenting made easy, huh? The Ridley’s are cold blooded amphibians and have a lifespan up to 50 years but today only 1% of the Kemp’s Ridelys survive to reach sexual maturity. This is caused by three main factors, one is that since 1970 these turtles have been taken out of their habitat and...
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