Female Leatherback Turtle on Nesting Beach (image) NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Share Print E-Mail Caption Female leatherback sea turtle at a nesting beach in the Solomon Islands in December 2006. Lead author, Scott Benson, sits in the background to illustrate the relative size of the animal. Just the carapace, or leathery shell, is over six feet in length. Credit Karin A. Forney/NOAA Usage Restrictions Photo Credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.