Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovers from oil

A young Kemp's ridley sea turtle in recovery.

A young Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) recovers at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Turtles were cleaned and nursed back to health with the help of New England Aquarium staff. The Kemp's ridley sea turtle is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more in our Gulf Oil Spill section.