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May 12, 2013

Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle

Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle - Leatherback is the largest of all living turtles weighing abou 250 to 700 kg.

Leatherback turtles have the most hydrodynamic body design of any sea turtle, with a large, teardrop -shaped body. A large pair of frpnt flippers power the turtles through the water. Like other sea turtles, the leatherback has flattened forelimbs adapted for swimming in the open ocean. Claws are absent from both pair of flippers. The leatherback's flippers are the largest in proportion to it's body among extant sea turtles. Leatherback's front flippers can grow upto 2.7 meters (8.9 ft) in large specimens, the largest flippers (even in comparison to its body) of any sea turtle.


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