from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The largest living sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), found in tropical waters and having a tough, leathery carapace with seven longitudinal ridges.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, with a leathery back.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large sea turtle (Sphargis coriacea), having no bony shell on its back. It is common in the warm and temperate parts of the Atlantic, and sometimes weighs over a thousand pounds; -- called also leather turtle, leathery turtle, leather-backed tortoise, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A turtle of the family Dermochelydidæ, the Dermochelys coriaceus, or softshelled turtle, also known as leather-turtle, lyreturtle, trunk-turtle, and by other names. See Sphargis.
- n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida: so called from the red back of the male, which is of the color of tanned sole-leather.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. wide-ranging marine turtle with flexible leathery carapace; largest living turtle
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The leatherback is the world's biggest turtle and listed as Critically Endangered, largely because of poaching for eggs and snaring in fishing gear.
Among the deaths was a young leatherback, which is extremely rare to the area and one of the most endangered of all sea turtles.
The leatherback is the world's largest species of turtle -- they can live for up to 80 years and reach 2.4 meters in length.
The leatherback is the world's largest species of turtle - they can live for up to 80 years and reach 2.4 metres in length.
• The leatherback is the largest sea turtle, reaching up to nearly two metres (6.5 feet) in length and 540kg (1190 pounds) in weight.
For starters, the World Wide Fund for Nature also known in the U.S. as the World Wildlife Fund just released its top 10 list of endangered species: the tiger, polar bear, Pacific walrus, Magellanic penguin, leatherback turtle, Atlantic bluefin tuna, mountain gorilla, monarch butterfly, Javan rhino and the giant panda are the unlucky finalists.
We're doing in leatherback turtles, which have managed to survive on this earth for 100 million years, thanks to overfishing they're often killed as bycatch, and their habitat is endangered by rising sea levels and temperatures.
We can use it to encourage research and breeding of leatherback turtles, which, being the primary predator of jellyfish, have a big impact in the control of their numbers.
If you watch leatherback hatchlings begin their journey to the sea as actress Kate Walsh did in the Virgin Islands a few years ago for Oceana, you can see that leatherbacks already face very long odds to reach adulthood, even without additional threats from humans.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to protect nearly 42,000 square miles off Washington, Oregon and California for leatherback sea turtles.