Adult Dermochelys coriacea, Leatherback Sea Turtle
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LEATHERY SEA TURTLE FACTS
The Leathery Sea Turtle is endangered. Plastic bags in its ocean environment have contributed to many deaths as it mistakes them for jellyfish - its main food. It is a large turtle with streamlined leathery carapace (shell). The body is more pointed towards the year with seven ridges lengthwise along the back. The front flippers are very large. The body is dark grey or black.
Leatherback Turtle, Leathery Turtle, Luth
1.8m - 2.8m
lives in the ocean. The female comes ashore only to lay eggs
jellyfish and other soft-bodied swimming invertebrates.
lays about 80 eggs
found in all the oceans of the world from the arctic in the north to New Zealand in the south. Leathery Sea Turtles nest in the tropics. There are limited breeding areas on eastern Queensland - the nearest major breeding area to Australia is in Malaysia.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Plastic bags in the ocean are a hazard to these turtles, as they can mistake the floating bags for jellyfish.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "critically endangered".
|Common Name:||Leathery Sea Turtle|