The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle in the world and is capable of living in any warm sea. This turtle is so distictive that its been given its own family, Dermochelys, seperate from the other turtles. The shell of the leatherback is soft and rubbery unlike most turtle shells which are hard to protect them from predetors. They are mostly threatened because of their eggs.
The Leatherback is a highly endangered species due to the capture of adults at sea and nesting areas and also the poaching of the turtle's eggs. Though zoos around the world have tried to bring up the endangered turtle's numbers by breeding them in captivity the sucess rates are not so good.
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