Large leatherback turtle visits nature island of Dominica to lay eggs

[Helena Perez, Dominica News Contributor]

Residents of Marigot, a coastal town in the island of Dominica reported the sighting of a large leatherback turtle last Friday. It appeared to be laying eggs on the beach.

Many species of turtle visit the nature island of Dominica often to lay their eggs and are protected by local laws. They can weigh up to 2000 pounds and can be up to 8 feet long.  Leatherbacks, like all turtles, live to a very long age and are thought to have inhabited the Earth for more than 100 million years.

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