Most of you know how sea turtles look like with hard shell or scales, but there are sea turtles that have leatherbacks. They are covered with a firm, rubbery skin and because of that they are called leatherbacks. Moreover, this specie of a sea turtle is the largest living sea turtle weighing up to 2,000 pounds, and its lifetime it can reach up to seven feet in length.
If you have not seen such, then check the video below and see how a giant leatherback turtle reaches the shore to have a break in the sand. The nearby spectators were astonished by the appearance and size of this sea turtle that simply took a walk on the beach and with its flippers crawled across it and made its way towards the ocean. Before she entered the ocean she made couple of breaks and swam away in the big blue ocean.
The leatherback sea turtle is a common resident in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, but it can be found in the Mediterranean Sea too as it likes tropic and temperate waters. Its basic food is the jellyfish.
The travelling path of adult leatherbacks is far north to Canada and Norway and far south to New Zealand and South America.
While nesting season these sea turtles leave the ocean and dig a nest in the nearby beach to lay their eggs in the sand. The nest is near the ocean so when the eggs hatch, the baby sea turtle can make it to the ocean. These babies reach their maturity for 15 to 50 years and can have a life span of a 100.
These turtles are in fact reptilian relics being the only representatives of an ancient family of turtles with evolutionary roots back for over 100 million years. In the past, these turtles were dominant resident in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic, but nowadays they have become an endangered species. Namely, the U.S. federal government has listed the leatherback as endangered species in the whole world. Key factors for their decline in population are marine pollution, harvesting of their eggs and the incidental captures in commercial fisheries.