Large sea turtle seen on the way out to the Farallon Islands. Observed for nearly 20 minutes in calm seas and full sun.
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.
Just hatched, heading for the water. More pictures on iNaturalist.
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.
Muerta por redes o trasmallos para la pesca
Agradezco a Odisea México y en especial al Biólogo. Mauricio Rendón Martinez por esta experiencia inolvidable.
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...