Leatherback sea turtle
Endangered Florida species
U.S. Endangered species
These huge sea turtles nest mainly on the Atlantic coast of Florida and on a few panhandle beaches. Also into Georgia and on Caribbean islands.
The only sea turtle in the state that does not have shells covered with scutes (hard plates. Instead the body is covered with dark gray to black leathery skin with seven prominent ridges. Adults are 1.3-1.8m (53-70 in.) long and can weigh from 295-590kg (650-1300 lbs.). Young are black with seven white ridges, with hatchlings measuring 6-7.6cm (2.4-3 in.) long.
Dermochelys coriacea is a member of the Dermochelyidae - Leatherback sea turtles family.
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory page for this species (pdf)
Date record last modified: Aug 06, 2016