Leatherback sea turtles choose nest sites carefully, study finds

Leatherback hatchlings. Photo source: ©© Jeroen Looyé


The enormous, solitary leatherback sea turtle spends most of its long life at sea. After hatching and dispersing across the world’s oceans, only the female leatherbacks return to their natal beaches to lay clutches of eggs in the sand. A new study offers fresh insights into their nesting choices.

Human encroachment on leatherback nesting sites, in the form of beachfront construction and sand mining, is a major threat to the animals’ continuation as a species…

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