Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback TurtleThe leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), one of four species of sea turtles found in Fiji, is the only turtle which cannot retract its head or limbs. Its shell is a leathery skin rather than a horny plate. The seven lengthwise ridges on its back and five on its bottom make it easily recognizable. Leatherbacks can grow up to 2.5 meters long and weight up to a ton. In Fiji all leatherbacks and their eggs are fully protected year-round under the Fisheries Act.