Although it was dead, it was still impressive to see. I called it in and was told it most likely died from an impact of some sort, boat I would think. It then washed ashore after a few days in the sound.
Photographed from a ferry
Photo from the San Diego Natural History Museum's education collection.
Photo by: Fay Wolfson
35 mm slide caption: "Leatherback Sea Turtle, Mexico: Baja California N, Bahia de los Angeles"
Dead, washed ashore at Maidstone beach.
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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...