Leatherback Turtle

David Yeakey

Background information

Before they became endangered, the Leatherback Sea Turtle was one of the most widely dispersed turtles in the world, living virtually everywhere, excluding the arctic. Like suggested in its name, this turtles shell is softer to the touch, giving it a leathery feel.

the Leatherback is the largest turtle on the earth. they can grow up to 7 feet long, and nearly 2000 pounds. Even though they are huge, they are pretty swift for a turtle, reaching speeds of 8 miles per hour.
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Endangerment and ways to prevent it

The Leatherback has become endangered to the worlds oceans with the exception of the Atlantic. Because egg harvesting, coastal development, and food availability, this turtle was labeled as endangered and has been nearly wiped out of pacific waters. Also human activities has contributed to their scarcity with our pollution. The turtles eat almost anything so a stomach full of plastic may end their life.

The easiest way to help the Leatherbacks would be to get a better grip on global pollution of coastal waters, which would also help everybody. Banning the collection of the turtle eggs would most certainly help them. In countries around the Atlantic, the turtles have started a small comeback. But because of so many unknowns about the turtle, scientists haven't found a reliable way to bring them out of endangerment effectively.

Bibliography: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/leatherback-sea-turtle/

Baby leatherback turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea.