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Leatherback turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

Took this photo of a quite large [what I think is a] leatherback turtle on 27 December 2014. Quite large. By time I went and got phone to take shots it was 40-50 metres astern. 1.8m+ long I reckon from observations as approaching, close by [20-25mtrs] alongside. Sighting location off eastern side of Bruny Island at approx. 43.8.03S, 147.24.5E

Dermochelys coriacea

About this species

Otherwise known as leatherbacks, these turtles have the largest range of any sea turtle and are found in all oceans of the world. They can be found in tropical and temperate waters and even on the edge of arctic waters. They are found in all the world’s oceans from the Arctic to the tropics and down to the Southern Ocean. Rare in Tasmanian waters Read more…

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