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

Classification
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All Names

  • Korean
    • 장수거북
  • 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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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

ddurfey

Date

September 20, 2016 08:49 AM EDT

Description

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.

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

martinmandak

Date

November 28, 2016

Description

Photographed from a ferry

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

jujurenoult

Date

July 18, 2013 12:19 PM CEST

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

sdnhm

Date

December 26, 1968

Description

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"

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

chrisrohrer

Date

June 11, 2011 10:45 PM MST

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

aimeelusty

Date

November 25, 2016 11:39 AM EST

Description

Dead, washed ashore at Maidstone beach.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Date

November 10, 2016 01:39 PM PST

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

wero_ostria

Date

November 3, 2012 12:59 AM CDT

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

smuller

Date

May 26, 2014 11:37 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

carlosmorales

Date

December 31, 2015

Description

Tortugas bebes laud

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

cypseloides

Date

October 12, 2008 04:02 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

jheuser

Date

August 24, 2016 05:41 AM HST
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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.
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