noaasanctuaries: What’s the smallest sea turtl…


What’s the smallest sea turtle in the world? 

The Kemp’s ridley turtle! 

These wee sea turtles only grow to about two feet in length – from the tiny tiny hatchling size of 1.5 inches. These endangered turtles can be found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. 

This one was spotted off the coast of Hatteras, North Carolina, not too far from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. If you’re lucky, you might also see them in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 

(Photo: Peter Flood) 

[Image description: A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle swims at the ocean surface, with its head poking above the water.]