Tuesday, November 23, 2010

THE MOST ENDANGERED SEA TURTLE IN THE WORLD

Did you know Florida is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world?   The Kemp’s Ridley return each year to a single beach to lay her eggs.  Some travel as far away as the coast of Ireland.  The Kemp's Ridley turtle feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, jellyfish, algae or seaweed, and sea urchins . Unfortunately,  due to bottom line fishing many sea turtles never live long enough to reach full maturity.
Bottom line fishing is a commercial fishing method in which a mainline is rigged and dragged behind a trolling vessel.  Fishermen use this technique to catch deep-diving fish such as halibut.  Fishermen are able to catch vast quantities of seafood in an efficient way.   This way of fishing is definitely very profitable, but deadly for sea turtles.  Sea turtles often become ensnared in the long lines.
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