Leatherback sea turtles
turtles are the largest of the sea turtle
species, measuring up to 2.8m in carapace
length and weighing over 900kgs.
Leatherback turtles occur throughout
the world with nesting on open beaches with
close deep water. Leatherbacks are the most
widely distributed turtle in the world,
tolerating cold water temperatures through the
use of thermoregulatory devices.
Leatherbacks are primarily pelagic,
living in the open oceans and feeding on sea
jellies and salps. They are deep-sea divers
and can dive up to 1200m deep!
Leatherback turtles have an
elongated carapace with seven narrow ridges
running along the length. Their carapace is
black to dark brown-grey with white or pink