Leatherback Turtle

The Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest turtle in the world, ranging up to 2,5 meters and 1000 kilos. The largest Leatherback ever seen measured 3 meters.  The Leatherback is known for eating jellyfish (200kg a day!) and nowadays unfortunately eats a lot of plastic bags, confusing them for jellyfish. The conservation status is vulnerable and it is very special when a Leatherback comes to Rekawa Beach (in July or August). Due to intensive protection programs the number of Leatherbacks worldwide is on the rise again – but not yet in the Indian Ocean, where is it endangered.

Leatherback