18 Feb '11, 7am

Rare leatherback sea turtle, which can grow up to 3m long, seen on Sumatra coast

Conservationists have had a rare glimpse of a 2m-long leatherback (like the one in the picture) - the world's most endangered sea turtle - together with dozens of eggs in western Indonesia. Mr Khairul Amra, a member of a local conservation group, said yesterday that the giant turtle was spotted on a beach on Sumatra island over the weekend just before it plunged into the water. Soon after 65 eggs thought to belong to the leatherback were found in a nest - the third such discovery on the same beach this year. Leatherbacks, which can grow up to 3m long, have roamed the oceans for 100 million years but the globe-trotting sea turtles today number only around 30,000. AP

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110218-0000193/Rare-l...

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