Leatherback turtle

Leatherback turtle

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Credit: JANY SAUVANET/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leatherback turtle. Female leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) digging her nest hole on a beach. She is digging with her flippers, before laying about 80 eggs. About 2 months later the eggs will hatch, the young digging their way out of the sand and crawling to the sea. Female leatherback turtles return to a sandy nesting beach to lay their eggs every 2-3 years. Leatherback turtles are the largest turtles in the world. They are found in tropical to temperate waters in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Jellyfish are their main prey. Photographed in French Guiana.

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Keywords: animal, beach, dermochelys coriacea, french guiana, leatherback, leatherback sea turtle, leatherback turtle, nature, nest, on beach, reptile, reptilia, sea turtle, turtle, wildlife, zoology

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