Status: Critically Endangered
Scientific Name: Dermochelys coriacea
Size: 600-1500 pounds
According to NOAA, the leatherback populations in the Atlantic and Caribbean are somewhat stable, however, Pacific populations are in a somewhat dire position, with Western Pacific populations declining 80 percent in recent decades and Eastern Pacific populations declining nearly 97 percent. Much of this population decrease can be traced back to an increase in intense egg collection and fisheries by catch.