And though mandatory devices now help turtles escape fishing nets, other devices designed to reduce bycatch are depriving Kemp's ridleys
of one of their food sources because fishermen are no longer throwing overboard large quantities of unwanted fish.
There is a deficiency of tracks for sub-adult and juvenile leatherbacks, adult and juvenile green turtles, as well as adult Kemp's ridleys
. Because other data sources have identified these stage classes in Florida's Atlantic waters, tracking data would help address where in these waters the turtles occur.
"Since we have an ongoing tagging program with Kemp's ridleys
in Charlotte Harbor, that provides a benchmark that gives us something to compare this turtle's behavior to."
A young Kemp's ridley
turtle washed up dead on a beach at Llanon, Ceredigion, West Wales, earlier this month - just days after an older specimen was found on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland's Inner Hebrides.
This bone was similar in appearance to adult wild loggerhead and Kemp's ridleys
sea turtles with rapprochement of the peripheral LAGs and resorption of most of the interior GMs.
Things may be looking up for the endangered Kemp's ridley
sea turtle - especially at their favorite nesting beach in Mexico.
are also vulnerable because they have just one significant nesting area--Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, about 150 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.
The most common bacterial isolates from Kemp's ridleys
were Salmonella spp.
"So far 29 turtles have been found along the coasts of Wales, southern England and Ireland and among these were several loggerheads, rare Kemp's Ridleys
and leatherbacks," he said.
Add to that Mexico's demand for turtle eggs, plus deadly commercial shrimping fleets--whose trawling equipment claimed as many as 5,000 Kemp's ridleys
each year--and it's no wonder the population floundered.
Long-term tag results from juvenile Kemp's ridleys
These represented the only scientifically documented Kemp's ridley
nests until 1963, when Henry Hildebrand of Corpus Christi, Texas, screened a 1947 film at a conference of herpetologists, solving the mystery of where Kemp's ridleys
came ashore to nest.