Contact: Scott Benson
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
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
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