THIS TURTLE CAN REALLY MOVE!

They may not move very quickly on land, but look out in the water! The leatherback sea turtle has been clocked at an amazing 22 miles per hour, swimming with speed and grace. The leatherback gets its name from its shell, which is like a thick, leathery skin, with the texture of hard rubber. These turtles live in almost all of the world's oceans, but require warm tropical beaches to nest. The leatherback sea turtle is an endangered species, with an estimated 100,000 leatherbacks remaining in the world today.

 

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