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Leatherback Turtle: the largest turtle of all species
Summary of Key Information and Features:
- The Leatherback Turtle is a reptile that inhabits deep-sea areas in the oceans. Females approach the coast at the time of spawning, as they lay their eggs on the sea sands.
- The scientific name of the leatherback turtle is Dermochelys coriacea.
- The shell (shell) of these turtles is black or gray with small white dots. The shell fabric is soft, thin and sturdy (resembling the texture of the leather).
- On average, an adult leatherback turtle measures 1.5 to 2 meters in length and 1.3 to 1.5 meters in width.
- The weight of a turtle of this species is around 700 pounds.
- Its diet is based on jellyfish and jellyfish.
- Features a very strong skull, small claws and partially retractable head.
- Offshore, they can travel at an average speed of 30 km / h.
- These turtles live on average from 200 to 300 years.
- Other names by which the leatherback turtles are known: giant tortoise, crested turtle and keel turtle.
- It is the largest of all turtle species.
- The largest leatherback turtle found to date was a male animal weighing 916 pounds.
- The garbage present in the oceans, mainly plastic, has caused many deaths of these turtles. These animals end up eating plastics and other solid waste and dying.
Species: D. coriacea
Cub of a leatherback turtle.