The Leatherback Sea Turtle is one of the world’s largest reptiles, and the largest turtle of any species. It may be seen close to coastal Mississippi foraging or nesting. This species is noted as having overlapping scutes and a brown/black “tortoiseshell” pattern. Sea turtles are protected and should not be bothered, handled, or captured.
- Large, black, blueish, or gray in color
- Leathery shell
Oceanic, may be encountered eating jellyfish during blooms, occasionally nests on natural beaches and barrier islands
Pelagic, nests on beaches, forages on gelatinous prey and algae