Globally critically endangered (CR) (Source: IUCN Red List)

Classification
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All Names

  • Italian
    • Tartaruga liuto
  • Scientific Names
    • Dermochelys coriacea
    • Chelonia lutaria
    • Dermatochelys coriacea
    • Dermatochelys porcata
    • Dermochelis atlantica
    • Dermochelys blainville
    • Dermochelys coriacea schlegeli
    • Dermochelys schlegelii
    • Sphargis angusta
    • Sphargis coriacea
    • Sphargis coriacea schlegelii
    • Sphargis mercurialis
    • Testudo arcuata
    • Testudo coriacea
    • Testudo lyra
    • Testudo tuberculata
  • German
    • Lederschildkröte
  • English
    • Leatherback
    • Leathery Turtle
    • Luth
    • Trunkback Turtle
    • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • French
    • Tortue Luth
    • Tortue Luth
  • Seri
    • moosnípol
  • Spanish
    • Tortuga laúd
  • Portuguese
    • Tartaruga-de-couro

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Recent observations

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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dhitchcox

Date

August 29, 2015 11:47 AM EDT

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

summermule

Date

July 12, 2015 09:40 AM PDT

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Description

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.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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srodz2015

Date

November 15, 2015 02:23 PM EST

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Description

Observado en playa San Miguel

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Date

November 26, 2013

Place

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Description

Nesting in urban beach.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Date

January 31, 2014

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Description

Hatchlings originate from a spawning on Oct 26, 2013. Photography by my father, Luis Arturo Mayorga.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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jlevenson

Date

June 19, 2015 07:33 PM EDT

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Description

Leatherback hatchlings at Rosalie

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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dremsen

Date

September 18, 2015 03:45 PM EDT

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Description

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.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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chartuso

Date

August 16, 2009 11:13 AM MDT

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Description

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) eating jellyfish, Atlantic Ocean off Lewes, Delaware, U.S.A

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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dremsen

Date

August 14, 2015 02:13 PM EDT

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Description

Today while following a plankton slick in 1-2 foot chop we came across a large leatherback sea turtle. I noticed it from approximately 50 m away as a large black, round object with a slight taper pointing up. As we approached it raised and lowered into the water as if taking breaths. The anterior, dorsal part of the shell was awash and the ridges that run along the dorsal side of the shell were visible. The specimen was large with a plastron approximately 5 feet or more in length. As we approached to within approx. 20 m the turtle started to sound. We got some clear views as it was completely submerged and Scott Bennett got some photos. My phone camera was completely unhelpful and I failed to get any decent video.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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yamaneko

Date

November 30, 2014

Place

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Description

Ejemplar adulto hembra, encontrada muerta en zona de playa, no presenta marcas de redes, ni golpes, se encintraba en estado de descomposicion.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

fieldnotes

Date

December 2, 2006

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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guevara-medina

Date

June 24, 2013

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Description from Wikipedia

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...

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Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    critically endangered (CR) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    Imperiled (G2) (Source: NatureServe)
    Imperiled. Oceanic distribution is nearly worldwide, but the number of nesting sites is few; many nesting areas have few breeding females and suffer from some human predation; range and number of occurrences have undergone reduction; recent severe population declines at some nesting locations.
No range data available.
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