Se varo rn playa zipolite, en estado de descomposición, tenía el caparazón roto a la mitad, parecía hecho por propela
Our last few days in Trinidad and we are in the Sangre Grande area. Leatherback Sea Turtles are well known for nesting on local beaches, but is just at the very tail end of their season. Apparently with some of these later nests, the young turtles emerge from the nests in the afternoon instead of while it is still dark, and nearly 100% fall prey to Black Vultures and Magnificent Frigatebirds as they make their way across 100 meters of sand to the sea. One of the local guys gathered up a bunch of turtles as they were emerging and saved them in a bucket for a few hours, and as it got dark they were released on the beach and allowed to make their way to the sea. It was fun to watch. One of the shots shows one of these babies in my wife's hand for size perspective.
Large adult found nesting on the beach.
Leatherback turtle hatchling racing towards the ocean during sunset.
A Leatherback Sea Turtle on Hobe Sound Beach.
Cría de tortuga laúd
Seen on a Sacramento Audubon Society pelagic birding trip on the way out to the Farallon Islands. It remained on the surface for most of eight minutes while we took lots of photos and had great looks. This turtle was approximately 3.5 feet in length. It looked like it had been feeding and had strands of possibly a jelly hanging out of mouth. The deckhand took temp readings on the trip. Water temps warm but I don't remember the number. GPS collected on iphone.
The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle, 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 Dermochelys and 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. Dermochelys is the...