Species IUCN Status
The leatherback turtle is found around the globe, from tropical to sub-polar oceans. This species nests on sandy, tropical beaches and young turtles are known to remain near the coast until they reach adulthood. As adults, the leatherback turtle is the world’s largest turtle and can reach weights up to 916 kilograms (2000 lbs.), it rivals the saltwater crocodile as the world’s largest living reptile. The leatherback turtle is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List due to a number of threats, including global climate change, entanglement in fishing gear, nest predation, pollution, boat strikes and ingestion of marine debris.