leatherback turtle is the world’s largest living turtle, reaching
weights of 700 to 2,000 pounds and growing to lengths of up to eight
feet from snout to tail. The leatherback has no visible shell but
rather a carapace made up of hundreds of bony plates, covered with
a leathery skin. These rare sea turtles live in tropical and temperate
waters, but they have also been sighted in cooler waters. Leatherbacks
nest in tropical locations and feed on jellyfish. Leatherbacks were
listed as endangered in 1970.