Defenders in Action
Located in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Singer Island is recognized as one of the most important nesting beaches in the U.S. for loggerheads, as well as an important nesting habitat for green sea turtles and leatherbacks who return there year after year to lay their eggs. Plans to construct a breakwater to help slow erosion of Singer Island beaches would harm all sea turtles using the beaches and nearshore habitats.
Longline fishing involves the setting of thousands of baited hooks on miles of fishing line that is dragged through the ocean. Unfortunately, many threatened and endangered sea turtles also get caught and killed in these lines.
The capture, injury, and death of sea turtles in commercial fishing gear, either on hooks or in nets, is one of the leading threats to sea turtle species. The main culprit in U.S. waters is the Southeast shrimp trawl fishery that operates in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of the Southeast United States.
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.