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Leatherback Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea
Conservation status :

Vulnerable species

  • Group
  • Size
    1 m 60
  • Distribution area

    Its range is much wider than other species of marine turtles, they migrate to temperate or subpolar waters to feed.

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The largest of all the sea turtles has some very unusual characteristics.

In fact, it has neither claws nor a hard shell, and its pseudo-carapace has a leathery appearance.

Its mouth and oesophagus are lined with keratin spines that allow it to shred its prey while expelling the seawater it swallows.

Carnivorous with a preference for gelatinous organisms like jellyfish


400 kg
(record weight 916 kg)

The leatherback is a species in critical danger of extinction according to the IUCN Red List.

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