The Leatherback Sea Turtle

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         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.

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