Pacific Leatherback Photo Gallery
Pacific leatherback sea turtles are at a high risk of extinction. We are working closely with our partners throughout the Pacific to protect and conserve this endangered species.
The Pacific leatherback turtle is one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. Pacific leatherbacks are genetically and biologically unique from the populations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. They migrate long distances across the Pacific Ocean from nesting to foraging (feeding) areas, and are generally larger than Atlantic leatherbacks.
Pacific leatherback populations have plummeted in recent decades—Western Pacific leatherbacks have declined by about 80 percent and Eastern Pacific leatherbacks have declined by more than 97 percent. Bycatch in fishing gear and extensive egg poaching are the primary causes of these declines.