Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea.
Photograph by Dr Col Limpus.
A very large turtle (shell up to 2.8 m). The shell is streamlined and leathery with five ridges running along its length; said to look like an upturned dinghy. Front flippers large and powerful. Back grey to black, often with pale mottling.
All tropical and temperate seas; a seasonal visitor to Queensland waters. This species has declined substantially in the past two decades.
Coastal waters and the open ocean.
Jellyfish, colonial tunicates and other soft-bodied invertebrates.
Nesting in Queensland sparse and infrequent, mainly at Wreck Rock Beaches and Rules Beach, south-east Queensland.
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