leatherback turtle rescued
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes.

A ginormous 655-pound, 7-foot endangered Leatherback turtle has been released off the coast of Cape Cod – days after it was treated for dehydration, trauma, and shock.

The largest reptiles in the world, Leatherback turtles have witnessed a dramatic drop in nesting populations – from over 115,000 estimated in 1980 to as few as 26,000-43,000 today. They often migrate up the East coast in June to feed on jellyfish populations – and as such, are seen as a major contributor to keeping the jellies in check.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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