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Leatherback Turtles in Southern Water

Leatherbacks are not seen that often but well recorded in Victorian and Bass Strait waters. These are a species of turtle that have adaptations for surviving in cooler waters than their more tropical cousins.

In Feb, a dead Leatherback Turtle was washed up at Waratah Bay in South Gippsland.

Attached is a summary of some more info about this extraordinary species. Please note this includes some images of the post  mortem undertaken by  Museum Victoria that some may find distressing.

Death of an Ocean Wanderer

Mark Rodrigue



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