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Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Leatherback sea turtles are the 4th heaviest modern reptile and the last of their family Dermochelyidae. They are markedly different from other species of turtles due to their enormous size and lack of a bony carapace (shell). Leatherbacks can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and the span of their front flippers can grow up to 8.9 ft (2.6 m). They also have the widest global distribution of any reptile (and possibly any vertebrate) and migrate over 10,000 miles each year in search of jellyfish and nesting grounds.

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Nesting Leatherback sea turtle.
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2016
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