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click for larger pictureTobago's Sea Turtles

Once a male leatherback sea turtle struggles from its egg and makes its way to the sea as a 4-inch (10 cm) hatchling, it may never again return to land during its 80-year lifetime.

Although they are air-breathing animals born on land, Leatherbacks, like all sea turtles, spend their lives in the ocean. Females return to land only to lay their eggs.

Tobago’s top three turtles are Leatherbacks, Hawksbills and Greens.

Leatherbacks nest every year at local beaches including Turtle Beach and Great Courland Bay. They are the largest of all sea turtles, the most impressive ever recorded was almost 10 feet (305 cm) long and weighed in at 2,019 pounds (916 kg)! More commonly they average 5 - 7 feet (152-213 cm).

They can be seen nesting in Tobago from March through until June/July with the hatchlings appearing after 2 months incubation. Accompanied trips to watch the egg-laying can be arranged. For more information visit www.sos-tobago.org.

 

 

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