This sculpture of a leatherback turtle is 2.2 meters long and contains approximately 3.500 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is globally distributed from tropical to subpolar waters and found also in the Mediterranean Sea.

Leatherbacks make extensive migrations between different feeding areas at different seasons, and to and from nesting areas. They feed predominantly on jellyfish, salps and siphonophores. Females usually produce several clutches of 60-90 eggs in a reproductive season.

This species is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List with a decreasing population. Threats include fisheries bycatch, human consumption of leatherback eggs and meat, coastal development, marine pollution, and pathogens.

Long-term efforts to reduce or eliminate threats to leatherbacks on nesting beaches have been successful in many places.

Enhanced efforts to assess and reduce the impacts of these threats on leatherbacks, especially bycatch, should be a high priority for future conservation efforts.

References:

Eckert, K.L., Wallace, B.P., et al.. 2012. Synopsis of the biological data on the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). U.S. Department of Interior, FWS, Biological Technical Publication BTP-R4015-2012.

Wallace, B.P., DiMatteo, A.D., Bolten, A.B., Chaloupka, M.Y. et al. 2011. Global conservation priorities for marine turtles. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24510.

Wallace, B.P., Tiwari, M. & Girondot, M. 2013. Dermochelys coriacea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T6494A43526147.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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