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Leatherback sea turtle

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  • 1. Jessica Lawson
  • 2. Classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Genus: Dermochelys Species: coriacea
  • 3. Habitat Most pelagic ofthe sea turtles Females preferbeaches close todeep water andrough seas
  • 4. Niche Favorite food: Jellies Has a delicate jaw, must consume soft-bodied animals Nocturnal nester
  • 5. Interesting Facts Largest of all sea turtles, can grow up to7 feet long and weigh more than 2,000pounds Most sea turtles have hard, bonyshells—its shell is rubbery andsomewhat flexible Can dive to depths of 4,200 feet—deeper than any other sea turtle Females often return to the same placethey were born to nest their ownoffspring Mouth and throat have backwardpointing spines that help retain prey
  • 6. Interesting Facts Continued…
  • 7. Effects of Humans Many leatherbacks meet an early end due to humanactivity Only about 1/1000 leatherback hatchlings survive toadulthood Many become victims of fishing nets/lines or arestruck by boats Some ingest plastic debris, mistaking it for jellies, theirfavorite food
  • 8. Endangered Critically Endangered: facing an extremely high risk ofextinction in the wild in the immediate future Atlantic leatherback numbers appear stable orincreasing, but Pacific rates are falling due to eggharvest, fishery bycatch, or coastal development
  • 9. Work Cited "Leatherback Sea Turtle (DermochelysCoriacea)." Leatherback Sea Turtle Fact Sheet. NorthFlorida Ecological Services Office, Feb. 2012. Web. 13Mar. 2013. "Scientific Classification of Sea Turtles." Sea TurtleConservancy. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. "Leatherback Sea Turtles, Dermochelys coriacea ~MarineBio.org." MarineBio Conservation Society, 14Jan. 2013. Web. Wednesday, March 13, 2013. "Leatherback Sea Turtle." National Geographic. N.p.,n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.

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