It's #seaturtleweek and time for the last - but definitely not least - of our 'magnificent seven' sea turtle species!
The giant of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth, the Leatherback turtle ranges in size from 4-8 feet in length and weighs between 500-2,000 pounds. And they can live for more than a century!
The deepest divers and the most extensive world travellers, leatherbacks can make a 7,000 mile migratory journey within 10-12 months.
The oldest of all sea turtle species, Leatherbacks have been around for more than 150 million years! They survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and thrived until the last several decades when human interactions have taken a major toll.
Over the past 50 years, the global population of leatherbacks has declined by around 40%. In some regions, the declines are staggering. The Western Pacific population has declined by more than 80% and the Easter Pacific population experienced declines of more than 97%.
Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne