The Biology and Plight of the Leatherback

Page 1: What is a Leatherback Turtle?

In the following activity you will learn what a leatherback turtle is and a bit about its natural history.

Leatherback turtles, named as such due to their thick "leathery" type skin that covers their protective carapace, are the largest known sea turtle in existence. They also dive deeper, travel farther, and frequent colder water more than any other sea turtle. Aspects of their physiology and nesting behaviors are also unique from other sea turtle species.

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