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Eight Leatherback Mysteries

Our subject here is the leatherback turtle. Weighing up to 1600 pounds, it is the largest of the sea turtles. It is also the fastest turtle, hitting 9 miles per hour at times. But weight and speed are not necessarily mysterious; here are some characteristics that are:

Leatherback turtle

(McClintock, Jack; "Deep-Diving, WarmBlooded Turtle," Sea Frontiers, 37:8, February 1991.)

From Science Frontiers #76, JUL-AUG 1991. � 1991-2000 William R. Corliss