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Leatherback Seaturtle: Dermochelyidae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Saving Leatherbacks, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation StatusGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, LEATHERBACK SEATURTLES AND PEOPLE

This species lives in oceans around the world.

Because this turtle is found in so many areas of the world, it has many names. In Trinidad, for example, people call it caldon, while in the Caribbean and Latin America the turtle is known as canal. This familiarity can pose a problem, however. Although it is illegal in most countries, some people continue to raid the turtles' nests for their eggs or hunt them for their meat or the oil in their shells.

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