What Defenders Is Doing to Help Sea Turtles
Over the last decade Defenders of Wildlife has been working tirelessly to protect sea turtle populations and the habitat they desperately depend on for survival. Our legal team has brought suits against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect turtles from fishing-related deaths and our Florida sea turtle experts have fought to improve coastal lighting, and prevent development and damaging shoreline armoring projects at some of the most important nesting beaches in Florida.
Visit our Species at Risk: Sea Turtles page to learn more about what Defenders is doing to protect sea turtles.
Size: Kemp's Ridley is the smallest sea turtle at 30 inches long (.762m). The largest sea turtle is the leatherback - an adult can reach over six and a half feet long (over 1.8m). Adult female and male sea turtles are the same size.
Weight: Kemp's Ridley weighs between 80-100lbs (36-45 kg). Leatherback can weigh over 2,000 pounds (over 907 kg)
Lifespan: Up to 80 years.