Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Leatherback Sea Turtle



         The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the earth’s biggest turtle and has the largest range of any species, swimming all over the globe from the tropics to the sub-polar regions. According to the IUCN, in 1982 there were around 1,15,000 adult female leatherback turtles in the world; just 10 years later, there were less then 20,000—and the population has continued to plummet. The leatherback’s problems include theft of its eggs by humans, illegal hunting and nesting-habitat loss due to beach development. In addition, leatherbacks sometimes die after ingesting plastic debris they find floating in the ocean, which they mistake for food such as jellyfish.