Leatherback Turtle | 10 Animals Soon to Become Extinct. A Farewell to The Beasts

Leatherback Turtle

Another behemoth, but this time a swimming one. Leatherbacks are aquatic giants, weighing as much as 2,000 pounds and measuring 8 feet in length. An expert swimmer and diver, the leatherback turtle can plunge as deep as 1,200 meters in search for its favorite meal, the jellyfish. Its numbers have been steadily declining as a result of poaching for egg and meat consumption, destruction of nesting sites from coastal developments, disorientation of hatchlings from the artificial lighting created by those developments, accidental capture by commercial fishermen and more.

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