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Leatherback seaturtle

Leatherback Seaturtle

•The Pacific population of leatherback sea turtles has suffered most over the last twenty years: as few as 2,300 adult females now remain, making the Pacific leatherback the world's most endangered marine turtle population. •Leatherback turtles are a priority species.

•Leatherbacks have been recorded as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Africa's Cape of Good Hope. • It nests on tropical beaches in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.

•Leatherback sea turtles are the biggest turtles on Earth. •An adult leatherback sea turtle is normally longer than an size of a man. •Unlike other species of sea turtles, which have hard shells, the leatherback's shell is leathery; it feels almost rubbery. •The leatherback can reach up to 180cm, and 500kg in weight.

•Leatherbacks have been recorded as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Africa's Cape of Good Hope. • It nests on tropical beaches in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.

Where do Leatherback Turtles live?

What are leatherback sea turtle?

Where do Leatherback Turtles live?

What information is there on their endangered status?

The main threats which affect marine turtles are:s are: Habitat loss and destruction: Sea turtles have used the same nesting beaches for thousands of years. The nesting beaches turtles prefer are often the same beaches most heavily used by people, and nesting turtles are easily disturbed by noise and bright lights. All over the world, hotels, restaurants, and homes have taken over the beaches on turtle nesting beaches.•Wildlife trade: Humans have long hunted adult sea turtles for food and for their shells and other parts. In Indonesia, for example, shops are full of turtle souvenirs, turtle-skin bags, jewelry made from shells, and stuffed turtles, all of which are marketed to tourists. Sea turtles have suffered from the growing taste for turtle soup, considered a delicacy in Europe.•Leatherback sea turtles are killed to be rendered into oil for caulking boats in the Persian Gulf, for use in oil lamps in Papua New Guinea, and for medicinal use in the caribbean•Over Collection of eggs; Sea turtle eggs are a loved food for humans and animals alike. They are easy prey, simply waiting to be dug up once the female turtle returns to the sea. Turtle eggs are used in traditional Asian medicines, and in most parts of the tropical world the eggs are an important part of local diets.•Accidental capture (bycatch): The long-line fishing industry is now suspected to be the primary danger to sea turtle survival. Longliner ships set out fishing lines up to 75 miles (121 km) long, hung with thousands of hooks. Leatherback sea turtles in particular may be attracted to long-lines by the chemical light sticks attached to the lines, which look like the jellyfish that is their primary food.•Pollution: The fact that leatherback sea turtles eat jellyfish creates another threat: floating plastic garbage in the oceans kills them. Nearly 50 percent of dead leatherbacks found had plastic bags or cellophane lodged in their stomachs or intestines.

What have humans done to make Leatherback Turtles endangered?

WWF is working to conserve leatherback turtles and their habitats in Central and South America, and the western Pacific through concerted pan-Pacific and trans-Atlantic approaches that aim to protect critical nesting beaches and migratory pathways. This is being achieved by:•protecting nesting beaches and habitats by mkaing sanctuaries and wildlife refuges;•raising awareness so that local communities will protect turtles and their nests;•reducing longline bycatch by avoiding areas with large leatherback populations Specific projects include:•Junquillal Leatherbacks Programme, Costa Rica•Tracking the movements of the leatherbacks in the Atlantic

What can we do to stop the destruction of Leatherback Turtles?

Baby letherback sea turtle just haces from the eggs

They are endangerd

Look at the size of that


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