A Leatherback Sea Turtle on Hobe Sound Beach.
Cría de tortuga laúd
Seen on a Sacramento Audubon Society pelagic birding trip on the way out to the Farallon Islands. It remained on the surface for most of eight minutes while we took lots of photos and had great looks. This turtle was approximately 3.5 feet in length. It looked like it had been feeding and had strands of possibly a jelly hanging out of mouth. The deckhand took temp readings on the trip. Water temps warm but I don't remember the number. GPS collected on iphone.
Observado en playa San Miguel
Nesting in urban beach.
Hatchlings originate from a spawning on Oct 26, 2013. Photography by my father, Luis Arturo Mayorga.
Leatherback hatchlings at Rosalie
A few plastron bones and the upper beak are all that remain of a boat-killed Leatherback that washed up on the beach here. Identity is based on descriptions of witnesses who themselves asserted it was a leatherback and described it accurately. Most of the bones are gone. This isn't the first washed up leatherback I've seen. I recorded one on inat in 2012.
Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) eating jellyfish, Atlantic Ocean off Lewes, Delaware, U.S.A
Today while following a plankton slick in 1-2 foot chop we came across a large leatherback sea turtle. I noticed it from approximately 50 m away as a large black, round object with a slight taper pointing up. As we approached it raised and lowered into the water as if taking breaths. The anterior, dorsal part of the shell was awash and the ridges that run along the dorsal side of the shell were visible. The specimen was large with a plastron approximately 5 feet or more in length. As we approached to within approx. 20 m the turtle started to sound. We got some clear views as it was completely submerged and Scott Bennett got some photos. My phone camera was completely unhelpful and I failed to get any decent video.
La tortuga laúd, canal, cardón, baula o tinglar (Dermochelys coriacea) es una especie de reptil de la familia Dermochelyidae. Es la mayor de todas las tortugas marinas, alcanzando una longitud de 2 metros y un peso de más de 600 kilos. Un individuo macho llegó a pesar 916 kilos, aunque las tortugas de este tamaño son raras. Se encuentra en todos los mares tropicales o subtropicales y es la única especie de su familia.