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Nesting Leatherback A nesting female leatherback sea turtle begins to destruction the hole the will hold her eggs. Photo courtesy Dr. Vincent Saba.
A nesting woman leatherback sea turtle lays her clutch of eggs. Photo courtesy Dr. Vincent Saba.
A woman leatherback sea tortoise returns to the sea ~ nesting. Photo courtesy Dr. Vincent Saba.
An adult masculine leatherback tortoise feeds ~ above a jellyfish in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Photo courtesy Dr. Vincent Saba.
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Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacae) room the world"s largest, deepest-diving, and also most migratory sea turtles and also the third most plentiful turtle in Virginia"s waters. Adult leatherbacks can reach 4 to 8 feet in length and also weigh 500 come 2,000 pounds. Leatherbacks are called after their leathery shells, which comprise a mosaic of little bones spanned by firm, rubbery skin with seven longitudinal ridges or keels. 6 to ten leatherbacks strand in Chesapeake Bay each year; these space all adults; the average size of leatherbacks in Virginia"s waters is ~ 54 in (138 cm).Status
"Endangered"; Pacific populaces in crisisSize
Largest seaturtles (6+ feet long), weighing approximately 2,000 lbsSexual Maturity
Tropical beaches, some nesting in Florida; open beachJuvenile Habitat
Gelatinousspecies (jellyfish/squid)Foraging Habitat
Coastal and ocean based
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