Leatherback Sea Turtle

Dermochelys Coriacea


  • Classification: reptile
  • The Leatherback Sea turtle has a special body covering. Their shell is somewhat flexible and almost rubbery.
  • This turtle can be four to six feet in length, and can weigh up to 2000 pounds.
  • Unlike other turtles, the Leatherback Sea turtles can keep their bodies warmer than its surroundings.
  • They also have flippers instead of claws.


  • The Leatherback Sea turtles are located in central eastern Australia, south east Australia, south western Australia, and southern Australia.
  • They also migrate to breed in neighboring countries such as, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
  • Their home is in the water.
  • Terrain: in the open sea/ocean.
  • Climate: tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters.


  • The Leatherback sea turtle has a somewhat flexible and almost rubbery to the touch shell/carapace.
  • Their shell helps them dive deeper.
  • To stay away from their predators, they dive deep enough that other animals can't.
  • The Leatherback turtle has a throat that contains dozens of backward pointing spines that prevent jellyfish from escaping before they are swallowed.
  • These turtles are also able to maintain warm body temperature in cold water by using their thick layer of fat, they are able to swim to various places.

Food Chain

  • The Leatherback Sea turtle mainly get their food sources from the open ocean.
  • They mostly eat jellyfish and other soft-bodied invertebrates.
  • Leatherback Sea turtles are carnivorous.
  • They are also predators to jellyfish and other soft prey.
  • These turtles are also prey, they are eaten by killer whales and large sharks.

Critical Information

  • The Leatherback Sea turtles are protected under state and Northern Territory Legislation.
  • Oceana is helping these turtles by protecting their habitat and are developing legislation to protect sea turtles.
  • We should save the Leatherback Sea turtles because it is the largest turtle and if it goes extinct, there would be no turtle as big.
  • Also, these turtles don't harm any other animal, except jellyfishes and other invertebrates.
  • Leatherback turtles are also very unique, instead of a hard shell they have a rubbery almost flexible shell.



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Baby Leatherback Sea Turtles Release in Costa Rica