Esophagus of Leatherback turtles showing backward pointing spikes. Adult leatherback sea turtles subsist almost entirely on jellyfish. Jellyfish are pretty slippery, you see, and the razor-sharp rows of papillae prevent them from slipping out of the turtle's mouth.

Esophagus of Leatherback turtles showing backward pointing spikes. Adult leatherback sea turtles subsist almost entirely on jellyfish. Jellyfish are pretty slippery, you see, and the razor-sharp rows of papillae prevent them from slipping out of the turtle's mouth.

Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle

Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Mouth of leatherback sea turtle showing spines that point twords stomach.  These are used to hold onto their prey - jellyfish.  During the summer months, the turtles eat around 73 per cent of their own body weight every day, packing in around 16,000 calories!  Leatherbacks are the largest of all turtles, growing to 9 feet and over 1500 lbs!

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Mouth of leatherback sea turtle showing spines that point twords stomach. These are used to hold onto their prey - jellyfish. During the summer months, the turtles eat around 73 per cent of their own body weight every day, packing in around 16,000 calories! Leatherbacks are the largest of all turtles, growing to 9 feet and over 1500 lbs!

Sea Turtle GPS Shows Ocean-Spanning Leatherback Buffet - Wired Science

Sea Turtle GPS Shows Ocean-Spanning Leatherback Buffet

Sea Turtle GPS Shows Ocean-Spanning Leatherback Buffet - Wired Science

WTF? I had no idea the inside of a turtles mouth was the stuff of nightmares.

WTF? I had no idea the inside of a turtles mouth was the stuff of nightmares.

The inside of a Leatherback Turtle's mouth: The esophagus of a leatherback sea turtle is lined with papillae, sharp, keratinized prongs that enable the turtle to dine on jellyfish. They prevent the jellyfish from escaping and protect the turtles from sting cells

The inside of a Leatherback Turtle's mouth: The esophagus of a leatherback sea turtle is lined with papillae, sharp, keratinized prongs that enable the turtle to dine on jellyfish. They prevent the jellyfish from escaping and protect the turtles from sting cells

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) (Mouth) "Instead of teeth, the leatherback turtle has points on the tomium of its upper lip, with backwards spines in its throat to help it swallow food and to stop their prey escaping once caught.

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) (Mouth) "Instead of teeth, the leatherback turtle has points on the tomium of its upper lip, with backwards spines in its throat to help it swallow food and to stop their prey escaping once caught.

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