noaasanctuaries:

Did you know the largest sea turtle in the world can be found in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of California? 

Leatherback sea turtles like this one can be more than six feet long and weigh more than 2,000 pounds. These huge turtles have a big appetite for jellyfish – look closely, and you can see the tentacles of a sea nettle jelly hanging out of this one’s mouth. 

That food preference puts them especially at risk from marine debris, as floating plastic bags and other plastics look remarkably like swimming jellies. Help protect these endangered sea turtles and always dispose of your trash properly!

(Photo: Douglas Croft) 

[Image description: A closeup view of a leatherback sea turtle’s head while it swims at the ocean surface. A sea nettle tentacle is hanging out from the corner of its mouth.]

typhlonectes:

NOAA Podcasts:  Saving the Leatherback Sea Turtle

The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it’s also among the most endangered.

In celebration of Sea Turtle Day, today’s podcast is about
leatherback sea turtles. Leatherbacks are the largest species of sea
turtle out there, and they migrate farther than any other. And in the
Pacific Ocean, they’re also among the most endangered.

To talk with us about leatherback sea turtles, we have Scott Benson
on the line. Benson is a research biologist at NOAA’s Southwest
Fisheries Science Center, and he’s an expert on leatherback sea turtles.

In this interview, Benson discusses some of the threats that
leatherbacks face and what scientists, conservationists, and fishermen
are doing to address those threats. He also explains what measures you
as a consumer can take to help protect leatherback sea turtles.

(LISTEN HERE)

photographs by Karen Benson and Karin A. Forney/NOAA.

fyeahseaturtles:

Leatherback Sea Turtle by toryjk on Flickr.

incredible.

Fun fact: Unlike other Sea Turtles, The leatherback turtle has a thick ‘leather’ like skin supported by, but not attached to,  small bones. This allows them to dive far deeper into the ocean, withstanding stronger water pressure than any other turtle is capable of. Its also the largest living turtle.

fyeahseaturtles:

Leatherback Sea Turtle by toryjk on Flickr.

incredible.

Fun fact: Unlike other Sea Turtles, The leatherback turtle has a thick ‘leather’ like skin supported by, but not attached to,  small bones. This allows them to dive far deeper into the ocean, withstanding stronger water pressure than any other turtle is capable of. Its also the largest living turtle.