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Leatherback Seaturtles by Mind Map: Leatherback Seaturtles
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Leatherback Seaturtles

Threats

Animals(non-human)

Sharks, By hunting/eating

Killer Whales, By hunting/eating

Jaguars, By hunting/eating

Humans

Use nesting beaches and sites as recreational areas.

Action Plan

What I can do...

Attend a nesting beach clean-up

Raise awarness with a school project to the class

What NGO's Can do...

Raise awreness with billboards

arrange beach clean-ups

adopt a turtle

arrange public Seaturtle walks

What the Government can do...

Put up signs where leatherback seaturtles live and nest saying "Leatherback seaturtle nesting area, be aware, do not disturb or litter."

What is Being done...

Listed as Endangered in 1970, This made it illegal to, Kill a Leatherback seaturtle, Take eggs from their nests

The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITIES) forbids trade of any seaturtle products on the international trade market

Habitat

Temperature

Can go down to 6°C

Water

Saltwater

Biology

Size

Up to 2 meters long

Colour

Main Colour, Dark Bluish Black

Upper Shell, Dark bluish black with white or bluish white blotches

Body, Main colour with spots on land, looks brown when under water

Lower Shell, Pinkish-White

Weight

Up to 900 kg

Offspring

Female lays about 85-100 eggs

Life Cycle

At least 30 years up to 50 years or more

Map of Range

Resources

Websites

www.hww.ca

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/kids_times_turtle_leatherback.pdf

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/endang/animals/reptiles_amphibians/lethback.phtml

Books

The Leatherback Turtle: Sea Turtles and Their Conservation By: Peter J. Morgan

Range

Northernmost

71°N

Southernmost

27°S

Biome

Oceans

Boreal, Scavange for food

Temperate, Scavange for food

Tropical, Nest

Status

END

Endangered

Video Link

Picture Links

In water

On land

Diet

Eat soft-bodied creatures and plants

Jellyfish

Scalps

Tunicates

Squid

Fish

Crustaeans

Algae

Floating Seaweed

Unique Habits/Characteristics

Possible that it has enough capacity ro generate own body warmth even though a ectotherm(cold-blooded animal)

Body temperature can be as much as 18°C warmer than surrounding water

Combination of adaptions let's them survive in water much too cold for other marine animals

Dark colour

Thick layer of fat

High Volume-to-surface-area-ratio

Never developed ability to swim backward

Never been successfully raised to maturiaty in captivity

Male turtles never return to land after hatching

Collecting information about males must take place at sea