Sea Turtles. By: Jordyn. What Are Sea Turtles?. Sea Turtles are turtles found in all the world's oceans except the Arctic Ocean. There are seven living species of sea turtles: flatback, green sea turtle, hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Olive Ridley.
Threats to Survival: Sea turtles are threatened with capture, harvesting of eggs, destruction of nesting beaches, ocean pollution, oil spills and entanglement in fishing and shrimp nets.Population Estimate*: About 20,285 nesting females.
The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is the smallest sea turtle. This is a picture of one.
Threats to Survival: The greatest threat is loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests, and human disturbances (such as coastal lighting and housing developments) that cause disorientations during the emergence of hatchlings. Other major threats include incidental capture in longline fishing, shrimp trawling and pollution. Incidental capture in fisheries is thought to have played a significant role in the recent population declines observed for the loggerhead.Population Estimate*: About 44,560 nesting females.