Leatherback turtle

Leatherback turtle

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leatherback turtle. Female leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) crawling up a beach to lay eggs. The leatherback turtle inhabits warm seas, only coming to land to lay eggs. The female uses her long fore flippers to dig a hole into which about 80 eggs will be laid. About 2 months later the young will hatch and make their way back to the water. The leatherback turtle is the largest of the living turtles, reaching over 2 metres in length. It is threatened due to the smuggling of unhatched eggs. Photographed in Rocktail Bay, South Africa.

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Keywords: african, animal, beach, dermochelys coriacea, eggs, endangered, flippers, lay, laying, leatherback turtle, nature, night, reptile, reptilia, rocktail bay, sea turtle, south africa, threatened, wildlife, zoology

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