10,000 - 100,000 individuals
Comments: Better data are needed, though clearly this species is not as abundant as Caretta or Chelonia. For a sample of 83 nesting concentrations for which recent data were available, NMFS and USFWS (2007) estimated the number of females nesting per year at 3,072-5,603 in the Atlantic Ocean, fewer than 8,130 to as many as 10,052 in the Indian Ocean, and 10,010-12,483 in the Pacific Ocean, for a total of fewer than 21,212 to as many as 28,138. This includes most major nesting concentrations. Relatively few populations remain with more than 1,000 females nesting annually (none in the Atlantic) (Meylan and Donnelly 1999, NMFS and USFWS 2007).