Our scuba instructor volunteer, Chelsey Richardson, got the first look at a leatherback of the ’23 season! This largest of all sea turtles was spotted about 3 miles off the coast of Garden City migrating north. After spending the winter nesting season in Central and South America, leatherbacks are heading to their summer foraging grounds around the North Atlantic. To sustain themselves along the way, they feed on the plentiful cannonball jellyfish drifting at the surface.
Be on the lookout for these black giants swimming slowly north at the surface just offshore!
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