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British pronunciation/lˈɛðəbˌæk/
American pronunciation/ˈɫɛðɝˌbæk/

the largest living sea turtle with a thick leathery shell that migrates in northern hemisphere

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leatherback definition and meaning

What is a "leatherback"?

A leatherback is a unique species of sea turtle known for its distinctive leathery shell and large size. It is the largest living turtle and can reach lengths of up to 7 feet (2 meters) and weigh over 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Unlike other sea turtles, the leatherback lacks a hard shell and instead has a flexible, rubbery skin with a mosaic of ridges and plates. Its dark-colored shell, often with white or pink patches, helps it blend into its oceanic habitat. Leatherbacks are highly adapted for life in the open ocean, with long flippers that enable them to swim long distances and dive to great depths. They are also known for their diet primarily consisting of jellyfish. The leatherback is a fascinating and endangered species that plays a crucial role in marine ecosystems.

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