An incredible moment was captured when a huge sea turtle emerged from the ocean in an unidentified area. It then paused in the sand before returning to the waves.
The video below was made by a group of people who were able to witness the scene. Later, the animal was identified as a magnificent leatherback turtle.
How giant can a leatherback turtle really be? The Leatherback turtle is the giant sea turtle in the world and can grow up to 7 feet long. As an adult, it can weigh up to 2,000 lbs. Leatherback turtles are distinguished by their front flippers reaching as high as 8.9 feet.
They live mainly in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans' tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. They live, travel solo, and meet other turtles only for breeding.
Their shell is another distinguishing feature. They are named after it. They have thick, leathery skin, unlike most turtles.
Due to the drastic decline in the number of Leatherback turtles over the years, the World Wildlife Fund has designated them as vulnerable species. It is difficult to find a Leatherback turtle today. Let's take a moment to enjoy this rare sight.