Leatherback Sea Turtle

By: Freya Dahlgren

The Leather Back Sea Turtle

The Dermochelys coriacea, or otherwise known as The Leather Back Sea Turtle is found all along the North Carolina Coast. One sea turtle was found that weighed over 700 pounds on the beach in Rodanthe. They are endangered because they aren't reproducing as much as they were before. We are trying to clear the waters and protect their nests.

More information on Leatherbacks

Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet long and more than 2,000 pounds. While all other sea turtles have hard, bony shells, the inky-blue shell of the leatherback is somewhat flexible and almost rubbery to the touch. Ridges along the shell help give it a more hydrodynamic structure. Leatherbacks can dive to depths of 4,200 feet deeper than any other turtle and can stay down for up to 85 minutes.