Did you know that leatherback sea turtles – like this one in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – are the largest living turtle species?
Leatherbacks swim thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to reach Monterey Bay to feast on jellyfish. This one is slurping up a brown sea nettle. Sometimes, though, what looks like a tasty jelly snack turns out to be a plastic bag. Since leatherbacks aren’t able to regurgitate plastics if they mistakenly eat them, it’s critical that we keep our ocean plastic-free and leatherback-friendly!
(Photo: Douglas Croft)
[Image description: A leatherback sea turtle poking its head above the water with a jellyfish in its mouth.]