The first leatherback turtle bones found date back to the Cretacious Period – that's over 100 million years ago! If you are fortunate enough to see a leatherback, you will witness a creature whose ancestors survived the age of dinosaurs. But now this ancient relic hangs on the brink of extinction.
Be a Friend to the Leatherback
Did you know?
- a leatherback's favorite food is jellyfish. They even have a special notch in their beak to help puncture the man-o-war jellyfish.
- leatherbacks lay eggs the size of billiard balls and SAGs. SAGs are not eggs; they are smaller and have shell and albumen but not yolk
- the temperature in the nest determines if a hatchling will be male or female
- a leatherback's shell is covered by a leathery skin
- the "tears" that turtles "cry" are just their way of shedding excess salt
- drive or walk on the beach above the high tide line- this crushes eggs and hatchlings in the nest!
- walk on the beach at night- this scares turtles away
- walk/stand in front of turtle
- plant anything on the beach or dunes
- use lights on the beach
- use flash photography or video around a turtle
- buy products made from turtles
- speak very softly if near a turtle
- use red lights instead of white on the exterior of your house if it is visible from the beach
- tell a park official if you see any practices that may be harmful to turtles
- appreciate this fascinating animal
- share your knowledge of leatherbacks with others
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