This leatherback turtle was found at a beach in Marigot. Apparently it was in the process of laying eggs. The photos were taken yesterday.
According to seaturtles.org, “The largest of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth, the leatherback turtle ranges in size from 4-8 feet in length (1.2 – 2.4 meters) and weighs between 500-2,000 pounds (225 – 900 kg). The average adult measures in between 5-6 feet (1.5 – 1.8 m) and weighs 600-800 pounds (270 – 360 kg).”
“The oldest of all sea turtle species, it has been around for more than 150 million years! They have survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and have thrived until the last several decades when human interactions have taken a major toll.” cont./ Courtesy of:Dominica News Online
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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