Kosi Bay Nature Reserve, South Africa
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Kosi Bay


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Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is the crown jewel of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Not only is this pristine lake system a great place to fish, it is a great place to snorkel, hike and watch wildlife. Shore fish, fly fish and ski boat fish. Snorkel the brackish waters of Kosi Bay mouth. Hike the 4-day Kosi Bay Trail. Observe sea turtles on a guided night walk. Watch humpback whales from shore. Spot hippos and crocs and more than 250 species of birds. And do it all in solitude. Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is a true ecotourism hideaway.
Leatherback Turtle Facts
Watching a Leatherback Turtle

Watching a Leatherback Turtle

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There are lots of fun facts about leatherback turtles. Did you know that?

  • The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the largest turtle and fourth largest reptile.
  • Leatherback turtles inhabit the deep waters of the world's oceans. They migrate between cold waters and tropical seas every 1 to 3 years.
  • Male leatherbacks never leave the water. Female leatherbacks come ashore to lay eggs and nest. They lay clutches of roughly 100 eggs on warm, sandy beaches but don't nest continuously. Female leatherbacks nest once every 8 to 15 days.
  • The leatherback turtle has a round, flat body and two pairs of flippers like all sea turtles. The leatherback is the only sea turtle not to have a shell. Instead of a hard bony plate, the leatherback has rubbery skin.
  • Adults leatherbacks weigh 700 kg (1540 pounds) and measure 2 m (6.5 feet) in length. The largest leatherback ever recorded weighed 918 kg (2020 pounds) and measured 2.6 m (8.5 feet).
  • Leatherback turtles feed on jellyfish and are a natural control for the jellyfish population.
  • The leatherback is an endangered species and it is the last surviving member of the Dermochelys species.
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