Baby leatherback turtle

Title Info
Common name Sea turtle,Leatherback
Scientific name Dermochelys coriacea
Taxonomic group Dermochelyidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Wetlands, aquatic
Wetlands and aquatic Oceans, seas
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Natural Selection
Organisms Animals
Animals Reptiles
Conservation Endangered species
Lessons Endangered species
Date 1985
Location Tortuguero,Costa Rica,North America

Newly hatched baby leatherback turtle heading for the ocean, Tortuguero, Costa Rica. This species is listed as endangered under the US Endangered Species Act and is considered "critically endangered" by the World Conservation Union. This young turtle has done well to survive this long, having avoided predators (including humans) while it was still an egg in the nest. If this young turtle can get across the beach and through the shallow water without getting eaten, it will spend many years at sea, feeding and growing, before it returns to mate at this beach. Natural selection has shaped the behavior of this species in many different ways. This species is listed as Federally Endangered by the USA in all of its range.