Dead Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Dead Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

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Caption: Kemp's Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) washed up dead on the beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The Kemp's or Atlantic Ridley is the smallest and rarest sea turtle, and nests only along the Gulf coast. It is critically endangered. An unprecedented number of dead young Kemp's Ridley and Loggerhead sea turtles have washed up on the shores of Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico starting almost a year after the BP oil spill. Tests are being done on the high number of turtle and dolphin corpses found on the beaches to determine the cause of the deaths, but results have not yet been released.

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