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Save the Leatherbacks by Derek Jewell

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A giant leatherback making a nest for her eggs. http://theorangemango.com/turtle-trekking-at-shell-beach-guyana/

The leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is endangered. It is the largest sea turtle in the world and can reach over 6 feet and 1,500 pounds. This huge sea turtle’s population is massively declining. It main nest sites are in Costa Rica and Panama.

They protect their nests by burying the eggs in the sand. There are about 20,000 to 30,000 nesting females in the world, down from 115,000 in 1980, At this rate of decline they will be extinct in around 20 years.

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This leatherback turtle is eating a plastic bag thinking its a jellyfish. www.leatherback.org/threats/pollution

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Central Middle School 6th grade Derek Jewell loves to play video games and likes basketball.