Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Species: Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Weight: ~ 85 lbs.
Diet: Squid and Caplin
Story: Graduate of a captive breeding program once undertaken by CMA to preserve the species.
Loves: Swimming, swimming, swimming
Known For: Being the only resident turtle to be born at the aquarium
Did you know? Captive breeding and nest relocation programs helped save the Kemp's Ridley from extinction.
Madam is one of the most social turtles we have here at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, likely because she has spent her entire life as one of our residents! In the late 1980's the aquarium was involved in a captive breeding program. On August 6, 1988, Madam hatched here at the aquarium. Because Madam has spent her whole life in our care, she is not able to be released into the wild, because she would not have the life skills necessary to survive. Madam loves receiving backrubs during her feeding sessions, and loves when our interns and volunteers surprise her with some ice toys! Madam currently resides outside at "Sawyer's Passage", in a large pool that she shares with Max, Molly, and Stumpy.