THREE MARINE TURTLE SPECIES REGULARLY OCCUR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN:
lat. Dermochelys coriacea
The leatherback turtle has a worldwide distribution, and although nesting is confined to tropical and sub-tropical zones, at sea this species has the widest latitudinal distribution among marine turtles. The species occurs regularly in the Mediterranean, although it is not known to nest in the region. The individuals found in the Mediterranean are most likely to be of Atlantic origin, but the occurrence of this species in the Mediterranean is much lower than in the Atlantic.