Scientific name: Dermochelys coriacea
The largest of the world's 7 sea turtle species, the leatherback turtle visits UK waters in the summer months to feast on jellyfish. The largest leatherback turtle ever recorded was found dead on a North Wales beach in 1988 - the animal was over 2m long, weighed 900kg (2000 lbs) and was around 100 years old!
StatisticsLength: Up to 2.5m Weight: 250-700kg Lifespan: up to 100 years
Vulnerable, with many populations critically endangered and at risk of extinction. In the UK, they are a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework.