This Leatherback sea turtle was spotted on Miami Beach. They are known to be the largest turtles on Earth and weigh up to 2,000 pounds and are relatively the same size as a 6-foot man! They have an average life span of around 45 years in the wild. Unfortunately, their population is rapidly declining in many parts of the world. Turtle nesting season starts around April and ends in October. Female Leatherback sea turtles mate out at sea then come onto shore during this season to nest. They make a hole in the sand and lay around 80 eggs and then finally return to the sea. Therefore, this is probably the case here – although, we are no experts. According to many comments on our post by ocean safety organizations, the best thing to do in the case of spotting a Leatherback sea turtle ashore is to reach out to FWC at 1-888-404-FWCC or @miamidadeseaturtles and not to handle wildlife in any case unless you know what you’re doing. Despite many efforts to try and ‘help’ marine life, you may end up doing the opposite and simply hurt them or their species. Share to spread the information to avoid future incidents like this one!
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