Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). Leatherbacks are commonly known as pelagic (open ocean) animals. In Brazil, Espírito Santo is the only state where leatherbacks regularly nest.
Title: The leatherback carapace is composed of a layer of thin, leathery skin, strengthened by thousands of tiny bone plates, with seven longitudinal ridges. They are named for their unique, leathery shell.
Creator: Banco de Imagens Projeto TAMAR
Date Created: 2009
Location: Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brasil.
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