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

Classification
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All Names

  • German
    • Lederschildkröte
  • Spanish
    • Tortuga laúd
  • 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
  • English
    • Leatherback
    • Leathery Turtle
    • Luth
    • Trunkback Turtle
    • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • French
    • Tortue Luth
    • Tortue Luth
  • Seri
    • moosnípol
  • Portuguese
    • Tartaruga-de-couro

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Recent observations

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

chartuso

Date

August 16, 2009 11:13 AM MDT

Place

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Description

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

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

dremsen

Date

August 14, 2015 02:13 PM EDT

Place

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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

Observer

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.

Photos / Sounds

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

fieldnotes

Date

December 2, 2006

Place

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Photos / Sounds

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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guevara-medina

Date

June 24, 2013

Place

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Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

vladimir

Date

July 12, 2015 03:30 AM BRT

Place

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Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

summermule

Date

July 12, 2015 09:42 AM PDT

Place

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Description

Large sea turtle seen on the way out to the Farallon Islands. Observed for nearly 20 minutes in calm seas and full sun.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

scottboxx17

Date

November 17, 2011

Place

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Description

Guatemala was once a popular nesting site for the Pacific Leatherback sea turtles, but their populations have been documented to have declined by 99% just in the last 25 years due to extensive egg poaching across the entire central american coast, and further decimated due to by-catch caused by the Pacific long-line fishing fleets. Now La Barrona beach still is home to the species but on average 1 or 2 nests every 1 or 2 years.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

maryna

Date

December 2, 2014

Place

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Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

bighornshaver

Date

August 8, 2010

Place

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Description

Just hatched, heading for the water. More pictures on iNaturalist.

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

hmariscal

Date

November 18, 2011

Place

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Description

Ejemplar hembra de tortuga laud arribando en la playa Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, para iniciar el proceso de desove.

Longitud aproximada de 158 cm.

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

tierraiberica

Date

April 26, 2012

Place

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Description from Wikipedia

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle, is the largest of all living turtles (as well as the largest extant sea turtle) and is the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh. Dermochelys coriacea is...

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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.