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Portraits from the wilderness, No.3

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Is this cute or what? The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) is another of the six (U.S.) species of sea turtles NOAA Fisheries is “shell-a-brating” during its first ever#SeaTurtleWeek (June 16-20)! Adult Kemp's ridleys are considered the smallest marine turtle on Earth and are the only sea turtle species to nests predominantly during daylight hours. They are also only one of two species of sea turtles (other is the Olive ridley) that nest in arribadas (which means "arrival" in Spanish), one of the most unique synchronized nesting habits in the natural world. During an arribadas, large groups of Kemp's ridleys gather off a particular nesting beach near Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. Then, wave upon wave of females come ashore and nest. There are many theories on what triggers an arribada, including offshore winds, lunar cycles, and the release of pheromones by females. Scientists have yet to conclusively determine the cues for ridley arribadas. Learn more about loggerhead sea turtles from the NOAA Fisheries website: This NOAA photo shows a newly emerged Kemp's ridley hatchling in RanchoNuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After emerging from the nest, hatchlings enter the water and must swim quickly to escape near shore predators. There is strong evidence that many sea turtle species employ an open ocean developmental stage because encounters with healthy, neonate sea turtles are extremely rare in near shore waters. Photo credit: Wendy Teas, SEFSC/NOAA. Stay connected on @NOAAFisheries social media channels to learn something new about sea turtles every day: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn: Pinterest: #Seaturtleweek #seaturtle #noaafisheries #noaa#science #nature #conservation #scienceiscool#research #species #future #recovery #ocean#beaches #migrate #waters #marine #turtle#didyouknow #oceantrivia #amazingnature #closeup

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