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

Classification
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  • 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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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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cypseloides

Date

October 12, 2008 04:02 PM PDT

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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jheuser

Date

August 24, 2016 05:41 AM HST

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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cecychb

Date

August 15, 2016 06:19 PM YEKT

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Description

Se varo rn playa zipolite, en estado de descomposición, tenía el caparazón roto a la mitad, parecía hecho por propela

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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greglasley

Date

August 5, 2016 05:21 PM CDT

Description

Our last few days in Trinidad and we are in the Sangre Grande area. Leatherback Sea Turtles are well known for nesting on local beaches, but is just at the very tail end of their season. Apparently with some of these later nests, the young turtles emerge from the nests in the afternoon instead of while it is still dark, and nearly 100% fall prey to Black Vultures and Magnificent Frigatebirds as they make their way across 100 meters of sand to the sea. One of the local guys gathered up a bunch of turtles as they were emerging and saved them in a bucket for a few hours, and as it got dark they were released on the beach and allowed to make their way to the sea. It was fun to watch. One of the shots shows one of these babies in my wife's hand for size perspective.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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conuropsis

Date

July 1, 1985

Description

Large adult found nesting on the beach.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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crisdiaz13

Date

January 26, 2014 05:48 PM CST

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

Leatherback turtle hatchling racing towards the ocean during sunset.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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jlevenson

Date

May 24, 2016 12:26 AM EDT

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(Somewhere...)

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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cyric

Date

March 21, 2016 02:26 PM EDT

Description

A Leatherback Sea Turtle on Hobe Sound Beach.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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noepacheco

Date

December 27, 1997

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Description

Tortuga Laúd

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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danielx

Date

April 5, 2013 09:07 AM CST

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Description

Cría de tortuga laúd

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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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(Somewhere...)

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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summermule

Date

July 12, 2015 09:40 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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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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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