Welcome back, Leatherbacks! - Livestream
The ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter is delighted to host Scott Benson, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, for a fascinating presentation about leatherback turtles. After six months away, traveling the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) will begin to arrive in the coastal waters of central California next month to gorge on abundant sea nettles. Uniquely adapted for life at sea, this ancient mariner is the most widely distributed sea turtle, spanning tropical and subarctic waters worldwide. This presentation will discuss the biology and ecology of leatherback turtles including information specific to the endangered western Pacific population that utilizes US west coast waters as a foraging region. The presentation will also include the current status of the population, challenges to recovery, and actions that citizens might take to enhance recovery prospects.
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