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.
Ejemplar adulto hembra, encontrada muerta en zona de playa, no presenta marcas de redes, ni golpes, se encintraba en estado de descomposicion.
Large sea turtle seen on the way out to the Farallon Islands. Observed for nearly 20 minutes in calm seas and full sun.
Guatemala was once a popular nesting site for the Pacific Leatherback sea turtles, but their populations have been documented to have declined by 99% just in the last 25 years due to extensive egg poaching across the entire central american coast, and further decimated due to by-catch caused by the Pacific long-line fishing fleets. Now La Barrona beach still is home to the species but on average 1 or 2 nests every 1 or 2 years.
Just hatched, heading for the water. More pictures on iNaturalist.
Ejemplar hembra de tortuga laud arribando en la playa Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, para iniciar el proceso de desove.
Longitud aproximada de 158 cm.
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.