Sea turtles are majestic creatures and this one spotted by tourists on a beach is the world’s largest.
The Leatherback Turtle was seen emerging from the sea in an unknown location, resting in the sand and then heading back just to disappear in the waves.
These turtles are known to be the biggest sized from all and spotting them resting on the shore is a very rare sight. Their peculiarity is their tear-shaped body and the large pair of front flippers. Thanks to these they can navigate the waters effortlessly and adapt to currents.
The front flippers of the Leatherback turtles can grow up to 8.9 ft which is a lot in comparison to any other turtles, but it’s not their only distinguishable characteristic. The most obvious one is that they don’t have a bony carapace, but instead they have thick skin, which looks like leather and this is where their name comes from.
Leatherback turtles are usually dark grey or black with a few white spots. To see this amazing specimen for yourself, watch the video of the one spotted on the beach.
What is the largest sea turtle?
According with National Ocean Service
The leatherback is the largest living sea turtle.
Weighing in at between 550 and 2,000 pounds with lengths of up to six feet, the leatherback is a big turtle! Leatherback sea turtles can be distinguished from other species of sea turtle by its lack of a hard shell or scales. Instead, leatherbacks are covered with a firm, rubbery skin.