Leatherback Turtle

By: Tiffany Graham

Scientific Name:

Dermochelys coriacea

What regions are they found in?

  • Inner banks
  • Coastal Plain
  • Outer Banks

Why are they in danger of extinction?

  • Being captured in fishing gear
  • The existence of marine debris
  • Long-term harvesting

What is being done to protect them?

  • International treaties
  • National laws
  • International agreements
  • Gear modifications
  • Changes in fishing practices