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adapted from Benson, S.R. et al., Large-scale movements and high-use areas of western Paciﬁc leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, Ecosphere 2:art84, 2011; Shillinger G.L. et al., Persistent Leatherback Turtle Migrations Present Opportunities for Conservation, PLoS Biol 6(7): e171, 2008
Uploaded on Wednesday 01 Feb 2012
Leatherback Turtle migration in the Paciﬁc
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The Leatherback Turtle is a long-distance migratory sea turtle, travelling between tropical breeding grounds
and multiple pelagic and coastal foraging regions located in temperate and tropical waters. There are effectively
two breeding stocks in the Pacific: a western Pacific stock that nests in Indonesia (Papua Barat), Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu; and an eastern Pacific stock that nests in Mexico, Costa Rica, and
Nicaragua. A third stock that nested on beaches in Terengganu, Malaysia appears to have been nearly extirpated
within the past decade.