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Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

The leatherback is occasionally sighted in the ocean in the vicinity of the Gulf Islands. This is the world’s heaviest reptile and it can measure over two meters in length. The limbs are paddle-like, lacking claws, and the back of the turtle has seven prominent ridges. The diet is largely jellyfish. Leatherbacks are not known to nest in British Columbia. Major threats to this turtle include drowning due to entanglement in commercial fishing nets and consumption of plastics and other garbage mistaken for jellyfish.

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  • Red List
  • Endangered