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Kemp's Ridley Turtles Eggs Hatch on Texas BeachWHO: The critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.WHAT: Around 45 miraculous sea turtle babies made their way into the water on the shores of Matagorda Bay.WHY IT’S SO GREAT: Kemp’s ridley sea turtles lay their eggs in large groups in events called arribadas, taking over the shore in a magnificent display of synchronicity. But a nest from the endangered species had only been documented in a Texas bay once—and had never appeared on Calhoun County’s Magnolia Beach—until June 13, when dozens of baby sea turtles made their way into the water.The species is under constant danger from predators, poachers, and pollutants, and the eggs only have a 45 percent chance of hatching. The turtles are at risk of being caught in fishing gear or an…

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