leatherback

noun
leath·er·back | \ˈle-t͟hər-ˌbak \

Definition of leatherback 

: the largest existing sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) distinguished by its flexible carapace composed of a mosaic of small bones embedded in a thick leathery skin

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North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared photos of the new leatherback nest on Facebook, which is garnering plenty of excitement from the locals. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "World’s Largest Turtle Returns to North Carolina to Nest," 24 May 2018 In 2013, 26-year-old conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered while trying to protect leatherback sea turtle nests on Costa Rica’s east coast from egg poachers. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Stories We've Ever Told," 25 May 2018 Gigantic leatherback turtles, topping out at about 2,000 pounds, nest along the beaches, while hippopotamuses body surf in the waves. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "A Next-Level Safari Vacation: The Africa Few Adventurers See," 9 May 2018 Although leatherback populations in the Atlantic are generally increasing, with some fluctuations here and there, their outlook in the Pacific is far grimmer, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fight begins over fate of leatherback sea turtle," 23 Mar. 2018 Each summer, two to three dozen sea turtles — sadly, mostly leatherbacks hit by ship propellers or entangled in fishing gear — wash up between Buzzards Bay and Harding’s Beach in Chatham, and along Cape Cod Bay, Prescott says. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018 In Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico and other Pacific rim countries, people routinely dig up leatherback nests to eat their eggs. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fight begins over fate of leatherback sea turtle," 23 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, some leatherbacks in Costa Rica and loggerheads from Florida and a few other places, such as West Africa, have shown an increasing female bias. National Geographic, "99% of These Sea Turtles Are Turning Female—Here’s Why," 8 Jan. 2018 Joining them are the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback, and the gharial, a crocodile found in the rivers of Nepal and northern India. Zahid Mahmood, CNN, "Australian 'genital-breathing' turtle faces extinction, group says," 12 Apr. 2018

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circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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