09 Sep '11, 9am

MT @conservationorg: Leatherback turtles can dive as deep as 1,200 meters--half a mile! #SeaTurtleSeptember

The leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea ) lays claim to many impressive titles. It is the world’s largest turtle and the second-largest reptile on Earth, with a shell growing up to 8 feet in length and a total weight of up to 1,600 pounds. Read more >> Leatherback populations in the Pacific Ocean have declined by more than 80 percent, and the species has entirely disappeared from some areas. Pollution of our oceans with discarded plastics, egg poaching, coastal development, and accidental capture in fisheries are mostly to blame. READ MORE: Explore all threats to leatherback turtles . Distribution Circumglobal; nesting areas in tropics, non-nesting range extends to sub-polar regions; present in all world’s oceans except Arctic and Antarctic. Body size (adults) length 140-160 cm; mass 300-1000 kg Diet For all life stages leatherbacks feed exclusively on gelatinous zooplankton...

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