The Giant: The endangered leatherback sea turtle is the largest ever recorded. Photo Source: Daıly Star

There is something magical about sea turtles, don’t you think so? Recently, the world’s biggest Leatherback Sea Turtle was recorded by tourists crawling on a beautiful sandy beach.

In the video, you can clearly see how the tourists look in astonishment at the giant leatherback sea turtle as it lays on the sand with all its glory.

The video has already been watched by over 300 million people and it starts with the giant turtle slowly dragging itself towards the sea. In the background you can see a tourist excitedly snapping photos of this rare moment, probably not aware that he has just taken a photo of the biggest leatherback sea turtle alive. The turtle is so big that after a couple of crawls, it has to take a short break to regain its strength. At the end of the video, the leatherback pauses right at the edge of the ocean, with the waves and foam breaking right around it, taking one last look around as if saying goodbye to all the people gathered at the beach.

Some of the comments that were written on the YouTube video wrote:

‘It’s good to see people have the sense of allowing the turtle to just be. Well done guys.”

Another commented: 

“Wow, I’ve never seen such a huge turtle in my life. You guys are so lucky to have seen one.”

But everyone was not agreeing with each other because a third was freaked out by size of the turtle and wrote: “This is why I don’t go in the water at the beach, because big ass animals like that exist!”

The video titled “The biggest turtle I have ever seen”, and was uploaded to YouTube by a man named Robin Michael a local DJ from Detroit, America.

What You Need to Know About the Leatherback Sea Turtle.

The Leatherback sea turtle is the biggest turtle that lives on Earth. A fully grown leatherback sea turtle is longer than an average-size man’s height, and can weigh a whopping 2000lbs. As you may have guessed from their name, they don’t have hard shells like other sea turtles, it’s more like a rubber shell. Their shell is black, often speckled with white or yellow spots. These huge reptiles lived 100-110 million years ago—at the same time of dinosaurs –their future is not bright at all.

The Leatherback sea turtle is at the very top of the endangered creature list. The main reason for this is that they are often caught by accident in fishing nets, where they drown. Also their main nesting habitats are being destroyed or polluted by humans, and their eggs are collected illegally by people for food.

Here’s a great video that gives some fascinating facts about the leather back sea turtles.

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Source: Daily Star