Ridley Sea Turtles are a genus of Sea Turtle comprising two species, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle and the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are currently on the New York and Federal Iist of Endangered Species.
Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest on Earth and can grow up to 2,000 lbs. They are found throughout the world’s oceans and have been spotted as far North as Norway and as far South as South America.
WWFS work on Sea Turtles focus on five species: Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Olive Ridley.
Sea Turtle Threats
Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles.
The biggest threats include:
- Entanglement in fishing gear
- Poaching and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
- Coastal development
- Plastic and other marine debris
- Global warming
- Ocean pollution
The world’s seven sea turtle species are classified as follows according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: