ridley turtle is the rarest of all sea turtles. It weighs
between 80-100 pounds and the mature adult is an olive green color.
They nest in large numbers known as "arribadas."
The ridleys have
declined significantly in recent years due mainly to predation and
poaching and the fact that their nesting areas have dwindled to a
single beach near Rancho Nuevo, Mexico. In 1947, 40,000 ridleys nested
and in 1981 the number was reduced to less than 500. Ridley turtles
dwell in the waters of the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. On
rare occasions, ocean currents have swept ridleys as far as Europe.
Stranding is common problem among sea turtles in the northern Atlantic.
This can occur when a turtle becomes trapped in northern waters during
the winter months. Scientists hypothesize that migration, distribution,
and current patterns may influence these entrapments. Frigid water
temperatures reduce the turtles' body temperatures below normal and
they wash ashore in a condition called cold-stunned. This type of
stranding is not unusual and occurs among loggerhead and ridley sea
turtles. Each winter, several cold-stunned turtles are rescued from
Cape Cod beaches and taken to the New England Aquarium for
rehabilitation as part of the Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue and
Leatherback stranded in Barnstable Harbor, Cape Cod
It has been observed that sharks can go up to approximately 6 weeks
without feeding, and the record for a shark fasting was observed with
the Swell Shark, in which it did not eat for 15 months. Sharks can
enter what is called an "eating phase" in which, yes, perhaps the shark
might constitute hunger, but on the grand scale of things, no a shark
does not get hungry.