The endangered leatherback is the largest turtle – and one of the largest living reptiles – in the world.
Adult leatherbacks can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and be 6.5 feet in length! Unlike all other species of sea turtle, leatherbacks lack a hard bony shell. Instead, their shell is about 1.5 inches thick and consists of leathery connective tissue overlaying loosely interlocking bones. This one was spotted in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Are you excited for World Turtle Day? From tiny, cute baby turtles to massive 1,500 pound leatherbacks, these fascinating animals can be found in almost every ecosystem around the world. Carrying their shells, they’re at home wherever they roam. Human intervention has threatened some turtle species, so please make sure you don’t disturb or distract them, especially nesting sea turtles. Photo of green sea turtles at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge by Daniel W. Clark, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Comcaac people, also known as the Seri, are an indigenous people located in Sonora, Mexico. They are known for their ironwood carvings. Though maybe not true for all, Seri people don’t consider themselves Mexicans, they consider Mexicans as people outside their land. The sea turtle is a sacred animal to them, it’s said that when the earth was covered in water, a leatherback sea turtle flipped mud on its back and created their home Tiburon Island. Their population is around a thousand and they’re not part of any language family, their language is an isolate.
The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle or simply the luth, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelysand family Dermochelyidae. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell, hence the name. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh.