Leatherback Sea Turtle


Common name : Lute turtle, Leathery turtle

Scientific name : Dermochelys coriacea

Family : Dermochelyidae

Native to : Distributed around the world as they are migratory

Interesting fact : They can stay under water for up to 85 minutes.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

The leatherback is the largest turtle in the world measuring 7 feet long. The tear-drop shaped shell is dark blue, leathery and lined with seven longitudinal ridges. Their large flippers make them excellent swimmers. Living in the ocean, their main food is jellyfish. Floating plastic debris is a hazard as it is mistaken for a jellyfish. They live for 45 years.

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