Introduction

Dermochelys- from the Greek word for skin and turtle, dermos and chelys respectively, alluding to the soft skin covering the shell

coriacea - from the Latin corium, meaning leather, once again referring to the leathery carapace

Much larger than their freshwater counterparts, marine turtles inhabit the warm oceans of the world. Although they do not breed in Canada, they can be found off the coasts on their summer feeding migrations. Predation of eggs and adults by humans and the increasing development of beaches used for nesting, threaten the survival of marine turtles. The leatherback turtle is currently on the endangered species list.