Until the mid-20th century, more than 40,000 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles congregated on the same Mexico beach to nest each year. But today, the species is the rarest of the world's sea turtles, threatened by habitat loss, disease and pollution--including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

But when the Gulf Stream pulls young Kemp's Ridley turtles north into the Atlantic, they face a much more natural enemy. Thousands of miles from home, these endangered reptiles wouldn't stand a chance without the National Aquarium's Animal Rescue team.

Published Thursday, December 5th, 2013.

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