Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle
Photo of Kemp's Ridley Seaturtle Nesting,
courtesy of National Park Service
Marine waters of the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays, near shore and the
continental shelf (< 150 feet deep). Often associated with eelgrass meadows.
No nesting occurs at our latitude (most nesting is at Tamaulipas, Mexico).
Most of our turtles are juveniles. During the summer months, the lower
Chesapeake Bay has the highest concentrations of juvenile Ridleys in the
Juveniles may be observed in the Chesapeake and coastal bays in shoal
areas with eelgrass beds close to shore, feeding on blue crabs. They can
also be found loafing/basking for long periods on the surface, however they
maintain a low profile with the carapace mostly submerged. Look for them
from May to November. State and federally listed as Endangered. If you find
or observe any individuals, please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401