The Wild Truth: Leatherback Sea Turtle

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A sea turtle at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Big Mama was rescued by SeaWorld after the Gulf oil spill; she lives at the park due to fins damaged by the oil. (Ellen Creager/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Leatherback sea turtles are critically endangered. This species is the largest of the sea turtles and migrates to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans every summer and fall. You’ll most likely see these turtles near coral reefs. Leatherback sea turtles can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and get as long as 63 inches. These turtles have many threats living in the ocean. They are sometimes caught in shrimp trawl nets and longline hooks that cause them to drown because they cannot swim to the surface to breathe.¬†Also, the loss of habitat plays a major factor in the leatherback sea turtles’ endangered status. Sea turtles are dependent on beaches to nest, but human activities have destroyed or disturbed turtle nests and the land where they reside.

About Lauren Singhaus

My name is Lauren Singhaus, I am a sophomore here at Bath High School. I am sixteen years old and have a twin sister named Lindsay. I've played soccer for my whole life, and this is year was my first year on Varsity. I enjoy running and hanging with friends.
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My name is Lauren Singhaus, I am a sophomore here at Bath High School. I am sixteen years old and have a twin sister named Lindsay. I've played soccer for my whole life, and this is year was my first year on Varsity. I enjoy running and hanging with friends.

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