Facts about  The leatherback sea turtle
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The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world these ancient. Turtles used to coexist with the dinosaurs. They can weigh up to2,000 pounds (900 kg) and reach around eight feet (2.4 m) in length. Unlike other sea turtles, leatherbacks do not have a hard shell instead. They have tough, rubbery skin with seven ridges on their back that helps them streamline through the water.

  • These leatherback sea turtles are highly migratory. They might swim 10,000 miles (16000 km) per year between their nesting and foraging grounds. Leatherback sea turtle can be found in temperate and tropical waters around the world. Many populations of these turtles are in a fast decline due to human exploitation.

  • Male leatherbacks spend their entire lives in the ocean. During nesting season females will leave the water at night to lay their eggs on nesting beaches. Nesting takes place every two to three years for mature females. 

  • They will take a large pit on their nesting. Beach, in order to lay their eggsFemales, might nest up to 10 times per nesting season. Each time,

  • they lay clutches of around 100 eggs 2 inches (5 cm) in length buried eggs hatch around 2 months later and the juvenile turtles will make their way towards the ocean. Due to predation, very few of the juveniles will survive past their first-year Leatherback sea turtle primarily feed on jellyfish and salpsWith the ability to hold their breath for 85 minutes, they will dive a hundred,

  • Sometimes thousands of feet underwater, in order to find food Their throat and esophagus are covered in spines that help them to swallow their gelatinous preyLeatherbacks are often accidentally caught as bycatch in commercial fishing nets.

 Along with being killed in some areas for their meat and skin, they are threatened by egg collectors, beach development, and fishing gear entanglements addition, leatherbacks may die after mistaking plastic debris for food.