“Leatherback sea turtles in the California Current: Why leatherbacks cross the Pacific” - Bay Model Visitor Center


Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Phone: (415) 332-3871

American Cetacean Society - SF Bay Chapter

Scott Benson. Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA – Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program

With their immense size and peculiar appearance, leatherback turtles resemble species that inhabited Earth in the distant past. A swimming and diving machine, they are uniquely adapted for life at sea. This ancient mariner is the most widely distributed sea turtle, spanning tropical and subarctic waters worldwide. The endangered western Pacific leatherback turtle engages in the longest migration of any aquatic, air-breathing vertebrate. These turtles travel more than 7,000 miles annually between their western Pacific nesting beaches and their eastern Pacific foraging areas. The presentation will cover the biology and ecology of leatherback turtles, the current status of the population, challenges to recovery, and the actions we can take to help.

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$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants. Free Parking. 100 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA