Leatherback turtles

Save the Leatherback turtles

Leatherback turtles

The leatherback sea turtle , sometimes called the lute turtle, is one of the largest turtles of all living turtles. Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard, like other turtles. A newborn leatherback turtle can be as light as 0.046KG and an adult can be as heavy as 700KG.

Why do they matter?

.Marine turtles are the living representatives of a group of reptiles that has existed on Earth and travelled our seas for the last 100 million years. They are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems.

Leatherback turtles consume large numbers of jellyfish which helps to keep populations of these marine organisms in check. Marine turtles, including leatherbacks, also provide a vital source of income as a draw for ecotourism in coastal communities, especially in the Coral Triangle.

Threats they meet in life

Threats they meet in life are often:

  • harvest of eggs and turtles themselves
  • incidental capture in fishing gear, such as
    • gillnets
    • longlines
    • trawls
    • traps/ pots
    • dredges

How can we help conserve them ???

Leatherbacks are in immanent danger of extinction. A critical factor is the harvesting of eggs from nests.The leatherback, unlike the Green Sea turtle, is not often killed for its meat; however, the increase in human populations coupled with the growing black market trade has escalated their egg depletion. Other critical factors causing the leatherbacks’ decline are pollution such as plastics.Scientists have estimated that there are only about 35,000 Leatherback turtles in the world.We could help by not littering into the sea, not smoking so much and slow down global warming.
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