Congressional Member’s Report Card

Our Environment’s Reality?

Species Extinctions

TOP 10 MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS – LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES

  • Leatherback turtles are named for their shell, which is leather-like rather than hard, like other turtles. They are the largest sea turtle species and also one of the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • Leatherbacks occur in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They occupy U.S. waters in the West Pacific, East Pacific, and Northwest Atlantic. Pacific leatherback turtle nesting grounds are located in tropical latitudes in the eastern and western Pacific around the world.
  • NOAA Fisheries designated all leatherback turtle populations as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1970.

LEATHERBACK TURTLES - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

LEATHERBACK TURTLES - POPULATION DISTRIBUTION