We all know how the size of turtles. Regular turtles we meet in nature occasionally are small, with an occasional bigger specimen. Leatherback turtles are the biggest living turtles on Earth, and although we’ve all seen pics or videos or read how big they are, they’re even larger than what one can imagine.
Leatherbacks are absolutely massive and we now have proof of it. These turtles differ from others due to their being covered in a leather-like, firm skin instead of scales. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherback turtles can measure up to 7 feet in length. However, numbers mean nothing if you don’t even see them in action. A group of tourists recently learned just how massively big a leatherback can grow after one emerged from the sea somewhere in the Pacific.
The specific turtles live in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific. However, they’ve also been spotted in the Mediterranean and as far as New Zealand and South America. When born, baby leatherbacks need anywhere from 15-50 years to reach maturity and they can live well over a hundred. The turtles’ roots go back hundreds of millions of years. They primarily live in water, going out on sandy beaches just to lay their eggs. That’s exactly what happens in this video, one of the clearest we’ve seen online that showcase the massive size of a leatherback turtle.
Recently, the US government listed the leatherback as an endangered species worldwide. Their numbers are constantly dwindling due to marine pollution and other factors. That’s a real shame because there’s no question that this special species of turtle is majestic. Harvest of eggs is becoming a big problem for the leatherback turtle. We hope someone does something about this – if we want to preserve this living dinosaur, we must do more to protect them.