Leatherback sea turtle

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell, hence the name. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh.

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turtles can be found primarily in the open ocean. Leatherbacks follow their jellyfish prey throughout the day, resulting in turtles "preferring" deeper water in the daytime, and shallower water at night (when the jellyfish rise up the water column). Leatherback turtles are known to pursue prey deeper than 1000 m ??" beyond the physiological limits of all other diving tetrapods except for beaked whales and sperm whales. Their favored breeding beaches are mainland sites facing deep water, and they seem to avoid those sites protected by coral reefs.  Wiki

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  • Wounded Leatherback Turtle Rescued In Camsur

    Wounded Leatherback Turtle Rescued In Camsur

    Fishermen off the coast of Duran village in this town accidentally caught a wounded leatherback turtle in their nets Thursday morning.

    Fisherman Albert Pasamba brought the 4-foot long, 370-kilo female turtle to the shore and sought help from local environment officials.

    The turtle sustained a shallow wound on the neck and on one of its fins, said Norielet Reciproco, the local environmental management specialist. The cause of the wounds remains unknown.

    "Pag humihinga siya, tumataas ang ulo. Indication ito na healthy pa," he said after treating the turtle's wounds and returning it to t ...

  • DENR Releases Two Sea Turtles

    DENR Releases Two Sea Turtles

    Two Green Sea (Chelonia mydas) Turtles were released to the Ermita Marine Protected Area in Barangay San Juan, Sipaway Island in San Carlos City.

    This, after the two sea turtles were temporarily rehabilitated at the nearby Dapdap Port in the island, a release from DENR said.

    Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel Forester II Carolyn Grijaldo and Forest Technician 1 Sharamae Mabanes together backed up by a release order set free the two sea turtles locally known as "Pawikan" in coordination with the San Carlos City Tourism Officer Phillip Gerard B. Maisog, Coastal Resou ...

  • A Call To Protect La Unions Seas And Pawikan

    A Call To Protect La Unions Seas And Pawikan

    Tina Antonio of La Union Soul Movement joined "SOS: Save the Seas Coastival"??"dubbed the green alternative to the famous "LaBoracay" Labor Day weekend in Boracay??"but she was not there for the sea breeze, fresh seafood and the surfing waves of San Juan town.

    She was there as the harbinger of alarming news: That La Union's once healthy sea is about to vanish in the next two years.

    "I am sorry but I have to break this to you??"in the next two years, there's a high probability that you won't be enjoying the surf, the beach or the fresh seafood we have here because in a couple of years, th ...

  • Saving The Endangered Pawikan

    Saving The Endangered Pawikan

    We receive reports almost every week [from all over the Philippines]," environmental advocate AA Yaptinchay said of the marine turtles which are held in captivity, trapped, caught in nets, or found dead.

    Yaptinchay, founder and director of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, described the unfortunate plight of the endangered marine turtles, popularly known as pawikan, in the country despite an ongoing wildlife-conservation program.

    Through social media, the group receives reports about abuses against marine mammals, particularly marine turtles, which it relays to the Department of ...

  • Saving The Endangered Pawikan Part 1

    Saving The Endangered Pawikan Part 1

    We receive reports almost every week [from all over the Philippines]," environmental advocate Yaptinchay said of the marine turtles which are held in captivity, trapped, caught in nets, or found dead.

    Yaptinchay, founder and director of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, described the unfortunate plight of the endangered marine turtles, popularly known as pawikan, in the country despite an ongoing wildlife-conservation program.

    Through social media, the group receives reports about abuses against marine mammals, particularly marine turtles, which it relays to the Department of Env ...

  • Saving Marine Turtles From Oblivion

    On August 5, at around 1:30 a.m., Jessy Amora, a fisherman, caught a sea turtle on a fish net just one kilometer offshore Pinamitinan village in Marabut town. A kind of leatherback turtle, it "measures six feet in length, 34 inches in width of carapace and 18 inches thickness." However, the weight was unknown.

    The state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported: "The photo of the pawikan tied to a bamboo post and a man sitting on top of it was posted on Facebook and it went viral online. Netizens and environmentalists reacted furiously, including the group Marine Watch of the Philippines."
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