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Leatherback Sea Turtle

The largest living turtle, the leatherback is found in all warm seas.  The leatherback is considered a highly endangered species throughout its worldwide range and is under protection in many countries.  The current threats to the sea turtle include poaching of eggs and capture of adults at sea or in nesting areas.  Captive breeding has been attempted to boost leatherback  sea turtle numbers, but to this day it has met with little success.

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Distribution Map

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Behaviour

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Leatherback Task Force

Nova Scotia Leatherback Turtle Working Group

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Caribbean Conservation Corporation 

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

 

Sea Turtle Sightings

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC waters. By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how these gentle giants are using the ocean on their visits to the chilly East Pacific.

If you have seen a sea turtle in BC waters, please send us a report by emailing turtles@vanaqua.org or calling this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663).   Please include information such as the type of sea turtle seen, the location and the time of sighting.

For help in identifying sea turtles click here

A Leatherback Sea Turtle raises his head out of the ocean.
Photo Credit: Scott Eckert

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