From the leatherbacks to loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans. Sadly, the fact is that they face many dangers as they travel the seas — including accidental capture and entanglement in fishing gear (also known as bycatch), the loss of nesting and feeding sites to coastal development, poaching, and ocean pollution including
These creatures are well-adapted to the ocean though they require air to survive.
Their size varies greatly, depending upon species — from the small Kemp’s
ridley, which weighs between 36 –45 kilograms, to the enormous leatherback, which can weigh more than 450 kilograms.