Leatherback Sea Turtle

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  • the Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest turtle in the world
  • the Leatherback Sea Turtle is so distinctive that it has its own family called dermochelys
  • the shell is slightly flexible and has arubbery texture
  • it is the only sea turtle to have that type of shell
  • largest Leatherback ever recorded was 916kg

Food Chain and Habitat

  • feed on jellyfish
  • lives in tropical and temperate waters
  • lives in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
  • some type of sharks and killer whales may try to eat them but they rarely do
  • they lay eggs in sand y beaches packed with vegetation

Adaptation

  • they store oxygen in their lungs and muscles to go deep sea diving
  • can dive 1000 meters deep
  • they do not have teeth, instead they have spikes down their throats that keep the jellyfish from swimming out of their mouths
  • they lay 100 eggs at a time
  • they have a slow heart rate

Reasons for Endangerment

  • polluted oceans
  • getting caught inside fishing nets
  • mistakes clear plastic as jellyfish and swallows
  • 44% of the Leatherback Sea Turtles have plastic in their guts
  • people collect eggs without control
  • collision with boats