Guest Blog by Jesse Senko When I first visited Lopez Mateos, a small fishing community on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, I remember walking a 40 km stretch of beach littered with dead sea turtles. At times the stench of rotting turtle carcasses was so intense I had to wear a bandana around my nose to avoid throwing up. It didn’t always work.
For tens of millions of years, Leatherback turtles have been roaming the oceans, traveling from cold arctic waters to the tropics. Females come ashore to lay their eggs on tropical and subtropical beaches worldwide. The largest of all the sea turtles [some weigh as much as a small car], they are the only sea turtle that doesn’t have a hard shell. Instead they have a leathery, soft back, as their name suggests.