The Facebook video below of a giant Leatherback turtle returning to the sea will leave you wide-eyed and your mouth gaping open in disbelief. You may have seen the adorable videos of baby turtles hatching and racing to get to the ocean – which is also amazing – but this turtle is on a whole different scale, literally! At first glance, you may be tempted to think that the video has been manipulated in some way, but we assure you it has not. Check it out below!

 
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While the Galapagos turtle is the largest living species of tortoise, this Leatherback turtle is enormous! Leatherbacks are the largest of all living turtles and are the fourth-heaviest modern reptile after three species of crocodile. They can weigh between 550 and 2,000 pounds and reach lengths of up to six feet.

The video doesn’t tell us much about the circumstances surrounding why the turtle came ashore in the first place, but our best guess is that it is a female turtle who went to lay her eggs. Whatever the reason may be, we are happy to see her safe and making her way back home with no human interference.

 

These mind-blowing and magical moments are only a small glimpse of the wonders of the oceans. We must do everything in our power to save them or our future generations will no longer be able to experience this.  A staggering fifty percent of sea turtles have been found to have plastic in their stomachs, and six of the seven species are now listed as vulnerable or endangered. Light pollution, commercial fishing, the theft of eggs, and hunting of adult turtles also play a part in the plight of sea turtles. You can help by participating in beach clean-ups, reducing your plastic waste, and educating others on the handling of the delicate marine life.

Please remember that turtles are incredibly vulnerable, and it is vitally important to keep your distance from nests, mama turtles, and hatchlings!

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All image source: Colonel DUDU Fils Inspiration/Facebook