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.
Observado en playa San Miguel
Nesting in urban beach.
Hatchlings originate from a spawning on Oct 26, 2013. Photography by my father, Luis Arturo Mayorga.
Leatherback hatchlings at Rosalie
A few plastron bones and the upper beak are all that remain of a boat-killed Leatherback that washed up on the beach here. Identity is based on descriptions of witnesses who themselves asserted it was a leatherback and described it accurately. Most of the bones are gone. This isn't the first washed up leatherback I've seen. I recorded one on inat in 2012.
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...