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Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle is named after Richard M. Kemp, a fisherman from Florida, who first submitted the species for identification in 1906. They prefer habitats that contain muddy or sandy bottoms where their food source of swimming crabs, fish, jellyfish, and a variety of mollusks can be found. Kemp's Ridleys are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Atlantic seaboard, from Florida to New England. This endangered sea turtle faces threats on its nesting beaches and in its marine environment.