Monday, January 3, 2011

LEATHERBACK TURTLES

                                     LEATHERBACK TURTLES

Did you that the female leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world?  This turtle is as big as a single bed and weighs more than a refrigerator.  Her skin is thick and rubbery.  When she comes to shore to lay her eggs  she crawls very slowly because of her huge body. Adults can grow almost as long as 10 feet . In a single year an adult leatherback might migrate 9,320 miles.
This turtle will nest every two or three years and will lay seventy to ninety eggs in each nest.  In a single nesting season, she may return to a beach five or six times to lay her eggs.
Leatherbacks are endangered with the greatest threats coming from fishing nets, in which the sea turtle may drown.

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