Tur­tle tid­bits

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Here are some facts on the leatherback sea tur­tle:

One of seven species of ma­rine tur­tles in the world.

Evolved around 100 mil­lion years ago and co-ex­isted with the di­nosaurs.

The shell is shaped like a teardrop with seven dis­tinct dor­sal ridges ta­per­ing at the tail.

The adults that fre­quent At­lantic Cana­dian wa­ters have an av­er­age curved cara­pace (shell) length of ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 me­tres and an av­er­age weight of ap­prox­i­mately 400 kilo­grams.

The throat and esoph­a­gus are cov­ered with spines, which are be­lieved to be an adap­ta­tion to as­sist in swal­low­ing slip­pery jel­ly­fish prey.

SOURCE: Fish­eries and Oceans Canada

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