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47 (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. CR Leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea REPTILES Leatherbacks are the largest of all sea turtles. Powered by their huge front flippers, these turtles crisscross the oceans, traveling thousands of miles every year. Shell, what shell? Unlike other turtles, the leatherback doesn’t have a hard shell. Instead, it has thick, ridged, oily skin with bony plates underneath. Leatherbacks can dive much deeper than other turtles. Some have been known to go as deep as 4,200 ft (1,300 m).

They are incredibly noisy, using loud shrieks to defend their territory, scare off predators, and attract mates. Rookeries Rockhoppers live in nesting pairs—there are thousands in each breeding colony. The females lay two eggs, but usually only one hatches. The male looks after the newborn chick, while the female hunts. Older chicks huddle in groups when both parents go fishing. main threats Food supply—heavy fishing for squid may be reducing food supplies, leading to starvation. Predators—subantarctic fur seals are hunting penguins as food and competing with them for fish.

They are well adapted to speedy swimming, with their stiff, muscular, torpedo-shaped body; powerful tail; and retractable side fins. They are capable of swimming up to an amazing 43 mph (70 kph). main threats Overfishing—despite limits on catch sizes, illegal fishing is drastically reducing numbers. Pollution—oil spills in spawning grounds such as the Gulf of Mexico may affect future fish stocks. 58 Fact: Thousands of seabirds, turtles, dolphins, and sharks are (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved.

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