CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH LEATHERBACK TURTLES IN OUR OCEANS
The leatherback sea turtle differs from other turtles by having a carapace of leathery skin instead of a bony shell, and can dive deeper than many whales. It emerged during the Cretaceous period – which saw the extinction of dinosaurs – and survived more than 100 million years. But its populations are declining at alarming speed, dropping by more than two-thirds since 1990. Steering this reptile to extinction are threats ranging from egg poaching, reduction of nesting areas by coastal development , widespread fishing (e.g., trawling, long lines, gill nets), ingestion of marine debris, and climate change.