Habitat for Leatherback Sea Turtles
 
Endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles now have nearly 42,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean to call their own. Thanks to a decision in January 2012 by the National Marine Fisheries Service, these magnificent reptiles will now be safeguarded off the U.S. West Coast.
The new rule establishes critical habitat in areas where leatherbacks feed on jellyfish after swimming 6,000 miles across the ocean from Indonesia. This is the first permanent safe haven for leatherbacks designated in continental U.S. waters and is the largest area set aside to protect sea turtle habitat in the United States or its territories.
Learn more about this decision on Oceana’s Blog.
(photo: ZA Photos)

Habitat for Leatherback Sea Turtles

Endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles now have nearly 42,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean to call their own. Thanks to a decision in January 2012 by the National Marine Fisheries Service, these magnificent reptiles will now be safeguarded off the U.S. West Coast.

The new rule establishes critical habitat in areas where leatherbacks feed on jellyfish after swimming 6,000 miles across the ocean from Indonesia. This is the first permanent safe haven for leatherbacks designated in continental U.S. waters and is the largest area set aside to protect sea turtle habitat in the United States or its territories.

Learn more about this decision on Oceana’s Blog.

(photo: ZA Photos)

  1. joyislame reblogged this from rhamphotheca and added:
    look at how big its flippers are compared to its body :o!!!!!!
  2. hobbitology reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  3. japantiess reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  4. elcinsen reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  5. takemetotheoceanside reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  6. unleashthewild reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  7. shedsumlight reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  8. techsgtjenn reblogged this from thepiratejenny
  9. thepiratejenny reblogged this from dendroica
  10. happy-finder reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  11. scaryette reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  12. wateritis reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  13. lizyyo reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  14. yesysabella reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  15. thesentimentalshark reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  16. laughingatzebras reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  17. yukotangerine reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  18. tidepooling reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  19. echoromeoindiacharliealpha reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  20. yiya1989 reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  21. trexfelicia reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  22. hellohammerhead reblogged this from thingsofthewild
  23. darwinoid reblogged this from thingsofthewild
  24. justaquickquestion reblogged this from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
  25. wolfijovi reblogged this from rhamphotheca