|Scientific Name||Dermochelys coriacea|
Lute turtle, leathery turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle Description
- One leatherback sea turtle traveled as much as 20,000 km (12,000 mi) foraging journey over a period of 647 days.
- Prominent among their prey is jellyfish which they follow all day long.
- The Pacific leatherbacks generally migrate about 6,000 mi (9,700 km).
- Leatherback sea turtles will dive 1,000 meters deep into the water to hunt prey.
- Leatherbacks have few natural predators once they attain maturity.
- They are the fastest moving reptiles.
- They dive as deep as 1,280 m (4,200 ft).
Size & Weight
- TOTAL LENGTH: 83–2.2 m (6.0–7.2 ft)
- WEIGHT: 250 to 700 kg (550 to 1,540 lb)
- CARAPACE LENGTH: 1–1.75 m (3.3–5.7 ft)
- TOTAL LENGTH: 213 cm (6.99 ft)
- WEIGHT: 650 kg (1,433 lb)
Open oceans, tropical and subtropical waters
Alaska, Norway, Cape Agulhas, New Zealand, Arctic Circle, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland and Labrador, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Gabon, Caribbean, Solomon Islands, Washington, Oregon, California
Jellyfish, cephalopods, tunicates
80 – 85 eggs
20 – 25 days
60 – 70 days
February – July
2 – 3 years
34,000 – 36,000
- 30 – 50 years (avg.)
- 100 years (max.)
- (Max.) 35.28 km/h (21.92 mph)
- (Avg.) 1.80–10.08 km/h (1.12–6.26 mph)
Ghost crabs, monitor lizards, raccoons, coatis, small plovers, large gulls, dogs, coyotes, genets, mongooses, cephalopods, requiem sharks, raptors, killer whales, great white sharks, tiger sharks, jaguars, frigatebirds