Saving The Leatherback !

How to save them from being exticnt !


What are Leatherback Turtles,anyway ? Do they really have leather as backs ? And what's so good about them ? Why are they becoming extinct ? Find out more about these awesome turtles here in this flyer.

Facts about the Leatherback

Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to two meters long and exceeding 900 kilograms! The leatherback is flexible and almost rubbery when it is touched. Although their distribution is wide, numbers of leatherback turtles have seriously declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and fisheries by catch,and are Critically Endangered. Leatherbacks have delicate, scissor-like jaws. Their jaws would be damaged by anything other than a diet of soft-bodied animals, so they feed almost exclusively on jellyfish. The oldest of all sea turtle species, it has been around for more than 150 million years! They survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and thrived until the last several decades.The Pacific may now have as few as 2,300 adult females.


There are many threats to the Leatherback Turtles like habitat loss and degradation , wildlife trade , collection of eggs and meat for consumption , incidental capture , climate change , pollution .The largest Pacific Leatherback nesting beaches have revealed a far more severe situation than has been reported by others. Baby Leatherback turtles and their eggs are being destroyed in large numbers in their nests by global warming, egg poachers, and predators such as wild pigs and dogs.We have just 2 to 3 years to reverse the trend, or these unique turtles will be lost forever!

How to save them ?

For now, all of us must not pollute the ocean with plastic bags, cans, factory oil and other litter to make them extinct. Just a little action like that can save them ! Now do your part so these very majestic creatures can survive ! A lot of websites can talk more about this. Just try not to pollute.


(Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle Freed From Entanglement)

(Baby Leatherback Turtles Hatching)