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Leatherback Sea Turtle : Seen In Visakhapatnam

Leatherback Sea Turtle: Seen In Visakhapatnam

In a rare occurrence, a leatherback sea turtle was seen after a gap of seven years in Visakhapatnam.

  • Leatherback Sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world.
  • It is the only species of sea turtle that lack scales and a hard shell.
  • They are named for their tough rubbery skin and have existed in their current form since the age of the dinosaurs.
  • These turtles are highly migratory which can swim over 10,000 miles a year between nesting and foraging grounds.
  • They are also accomplished divers with the deepest recorded dive reaching nearly 4,000 feet deeper than most marine mammals.
  • It has a unique thermoregulatory adaptation allows them to maintain core body temperatures at extremely cold depths.
  • It is found in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic.They have the widest global distribution of any reptile, with nesting mainly on tropical or subtropical beaches.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Endangered
    • CITES: Appendix I