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

Classification
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All Names

  • French
    • Tortue Luth
    • Tortue Luth
  • Seri
    • moosnípol
  • Spanish
    • tortuga marina 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
  • German
    • Lederschildkrote
    • Lederschildkröte
  • English
    • Leatherback
    • Leathery Turtle
    • Luth
    • Trunkback Turtle
    • Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

bodaciousdream

Date

November 2, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Bottom half of shell and hind flippers out of the water.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

ajarrell

Date

September 20, 2013 04:30 PM CDT

Description

--found at the Chattanooga aquarium
--largest turtle in the world & one of the largest reptiles
--only sea turtle that doesn't have a hard, bony shell
--can way up to 2,000 pounds for adults
--mainly black shell with pinkish -white coloring on their belly
--eat soft-bodied animals (jellyfish & salps)

Photos / Sounds

What

Tortuga Laúd (Dermochelys coriacea) Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

jaguarnegro

Date

November 20, 2008

Place

Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

chrispincetich

Date

September 8, 2013

Description

Leatherback sea turtle observed by professional marine naturalist Isadore (Izzy) Szczepaniak to Leatherback Watch Program manager Dr. Chris Pincetich. Sighting was 9/8/2013 and sighting shared 9/13/2013

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

July 21, 2013

Description

This leatherback was seen in Monterey Bay alongside a boat!

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

July 16, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Two leatherbacks were seen munching on brown sea nettle jellyfish less than half a mile from each other in Monterey Bay!

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

July 16, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Two leatherbacks were seen less than half a mile away from each other in Monterey Bay!

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Date

March 22, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

July 6, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Our friend saw this leatherback in Monterey Bay over the Fourth of July weekend!

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

July 2, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This leatherback was seen munching on brown nettle in Monterey Bay off of Moss Landing! Thanks Eric Mailander for the photo!

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

leatherback

Date

June 19, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)
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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.