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Leatherback Sea Turtle – Saving Wildlife - Wildlife Conservation Society

Leatherback Sea Turtle – Saving Wildlife - Wildlife Conservation Society | marine conservation | Scoop.it
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world and migrates thousands of miles across ocean basins. Protecting nesting beaches is key to the survival of the leatherback turtle, whose worldwide numbers have declined dramatically.
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1. Unlike other sea turtles, the leatherback does not have a hard shell.

2. leatherbacks are found in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, particularly in tropical regions.

3. Protecting the nesting beaches of leatherbacks is key to the survival of this endangered species, whose worldwide numbers have declined dramatically.

4. the impacts of recent human activities have resulted in the classification of all seven species as either threatened or endangered.

5. Destruction of their reef habitats, development of their nesting beaches, poaching of their eggs, and temperature change continue to cause the accelerated decline of sea turtle populations worldwide.

6. Currently, sea turtles are faced with an additional challenge to their survival: an increased incidence of diseases and health-related problems in the wild.

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Leatherback Turtle | Species | WWF

Leatherback Turtle | Species | WWF | marine conservation | Scoop.it
Protect endangered species, including the leatherback turtle, at World Wildlife Fund. Learn about the ways WWF works to conserve a future where people live in harmony with nature.
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1. hundreds of thousands of marine turtles a year are accidentally caught in shrimp trawl nets

2. Marine turtles need to reach the surface to breathe, and therefore many drown once caught.

3. As fishing activity expands, this threat is more of a problem.

4. Sea level rise, uncontrolled coastal development, vehicle traffic on beaches, and other human activities have directly destroyed or disturbed marine turtle nesting beaches around the world.

5. Pacific leatherback turtles are the world's most endangered marine turtle.

6. It has declined over the last twenty years from overharvesting and fisheries bycatch.

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Australian endangered species: Leatherback Turtle

Australian endangered species: Leatherback Turtle | marine conservation | Scoop.it
Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest, oldest and most widely distributed of the world’s marine turtles.Its appearance alone distinguishes the leatherback from its relatives: shell…...
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1. Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest, oldest and most widely distributed of the world’s marine turtles.

2. Most of the world’s leatherback turtles live in the Atlantic Ocean. The world’s largest nesting population is in Gabon, in western Africa.

3. Decades of consumption such as the collection of eggs for food and use as aphrodisiacs have nearly wiped out leatherbacks in Indonesia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

4. Large numbers of leatherbacks are also captured incidentally in commercial fisheries. 

5. Plastic pollution of the world’s oceans is a ubiquitous and pervasive threat to leatherback turtles, which mistake floating plastic bags and other debris for jellyfish.

6. Further threats to leatherbacks include loss of nesting beaches to coastal development, light pollution, nest predation by feral animals and continued illegal egg harvest.

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