Hello! My name is Ms. Elebash . Please join me as I travel to Costa Rica to study sea turtles!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


major huge...the one last night measured 142 cm from top to bottom of carapace...tail and head not included.

Survival rate: without the present people intervention 1 out of a 1,000 survives. That used to be enough to keep the population going. Now it is not enough. They are critically endangered.

Here are some stats. I think leatherbacktrust.org has some, too.

In the 1980s: 200 leatherbacks a night would come ashore to nest

2010: 106 nests for the whole season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are 29 ladies who are the layers. They usually come every 3 or 4 years. In that season that they come, they return 8-9-10 times throughout the season and lay from 50-90 eggs. Or something like that. The hatching rate is 57% for the leatherbacks.

6 comments:

  1. Ms.Elebash I never knew leatherbacks were that big. Junaid

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  2. How much food does it need too keep going?

    -Henry3a

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  3. Ms Elebash

    How big is that?iT Sseems a lot biger then six feet.

    Ben W 3A

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  4. How much food does it need too keep going?

    -Henry3a

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  5. that turtle is really big Ms.Elabash


    from Benjamin.M

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  6. Yes, sir, she is a big one...I do not know how much food she eats in a day.That will be a good question for the biologist who will skype with us on Friday morning.

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