Where Do Leatherback Turtles Live?

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Leatherback turtles can be found in a variety of locations ranging from the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean and other parts of the world including Canada, Norway, New Zealand and South America. This species of turtle were once prominent in every ocean, but now their population is rapidly declining, making them endangered.

The largest of all of the turtle species, the leatherback turtles grow to an outstanding seven feet long and can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. The largest leatherback found was 8 1/2 feet and weighed 2,020 pounds. Leatherback turtles are carnivores and their diet mainly consists of soft-bodied animals, including jellyfish. This species of turtle can dive down in the water as deep as 4,200 feet, which is deeper than any other species of turtle can dive.