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.

Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet (two meters) long and exceeding 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). #WorldTurtleDay

Leatherback Sea Turtles are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet (two meters) long and exceeding 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). #WorldTurtleDay

Leatherback Sea Turtles are just one of several turtles that are becoming CRITICALLY endangered

Leatherback Sea Turtles are just one of several turtles that are becoming CRITICALLY endangered

A half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from the wild in Bioko.

A half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from the wild in Bioko.

Interesting Facts about Leatherback Sea Turtle in our new ‪#‎infographic‬

Interesting Facts about Leatherback Sea Turtle in our new ‪#‎infographic‬

Pacific Leatherback Turtles Alarming Decline Continues | The Pacific Leatherback turtle's last stronghold could disappear within 20 years if conservation efforts aren't expanded, a new study finds. Pictured: A baby leatherback turtle heads out to sea. | Article date: 2-27-13

Pacific Leatherback Turtles' Alarming Decline Continues

Pacific Leatherback Turtles Alarming Decline Continues | The Pacific Leatherback turtle's last stronghold could disappear within 20 years if conservation efforts aren't expanded, a new study finds. Pictured: A baby leatherback turtle heads out to sea. | Article date: 2-27-13

Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard like other turtles. They are the largest marine turtle species and also one of the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Although their distribution is wide, numbers of leatherback turtles have seriously declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and fisheries bycatch.

Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard like other turtles. They are the largest marine turtle species and also one of the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Although their distribution is wide, numbers of leatherback turtles have seriously declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and fisheries bycatch.

Know your sea turtles with this brand new illustrated poster on World Turtle Day (23rd May). There are 7 extant species- the Loggerh...

Know your sea turtles with this brand new illustrated poster on World Turtle Day (23rd May). There are 7 extant species- the Loggerh...

Puerto Rico protects leatherback hatching grounds. #Caribbean

Home Free for Leatherback Turtles

The leatherback turtle is the oldest and largest turtle living in our oceans and is an important part of our ecosystem.

The leatherback turtle is the oldest and largest turtle living in our oceans and is an important part of our ecosystem.

An infant leatherback turtle pulls itself along the beach toward the sea at Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Despite decades of conservation efforts, leatherbacks in the east Pacific have declined by 90% in the past 20 years due to egg consumption and bycatch. Coastal development looms as the next threat to their survival

The week in wildlife - in pictures

An infant leatherback turtle pulls itself along the beach toward the sea at Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Despite decades of conservation efforts, leatherbacks in the east Pacific have declined by 90% in the past 20 years due to egg consumption and bycatch. Coastal development looms as the next threat to their survival

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