rid·​ley | \ˈrid-lē \

Definition of ridley 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: either of two sea turtles (genus Lepidochelys of the family Cheloniidae):

a : kemp's ridley

b : olive ridley


biographical name
Rid·​ley | \ˈrid-lē \

Definition of Ridley (Entry 2 of 2)

Nicholas circa 1503–1555 English reformer and martyr

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Volunteers from the Sea Turtle Patrol spotted two small parallel footprints with a line in the sand between the footprints, all heading inland from the water meant a mother Kemp’s ridley had nested nearby. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "WATCH: First Kemps ridley sea turtle nests of the 2018 season found," 15 May 2018 Mast pointed to Kemp’s ridley sea turtles as a good example of what’s happening, especially in the United States. Washington Post, "Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction," 20 Sep. 2017 Kemp's ridley sea turtles are critically endangered. Diana Samuels, NOLA.com, "Injured, sickly sea turtle rehabilitated and released back into the wild: video," 11 May 2017 In 2015, people rescued an olive ridley sea turtle off Costa Rica with a plastic straw stuck up its nose. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Why Life Is So Tough for Sea Turtles," 14 May 2016

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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