Esophagus of Leatherback turtles showing backward pointing spikes. Adult leatherback sea turtles subsist almost entirely on jellyfish. Jellyfish are pretty slippery, you see, and the razor-sharp rows of papillae prevent them from slipping out of the turtle's mouth.
Mouth of leatherback sea turtle showing spines that point twords stomach. These are used to hold onto their prey - jellyfish. During the summer months, the turtles eat around 73 per cent of their own body weight every day, packing in around 16,000 calories! Leatherbacks are the largest of all turtles, growing to 9 feet and over 1500 lbs!
Leatherback Sea Turtle - A Critically Endangered Species
The inside mouth of a leatherback sea turtle. These help the turtle swallow its food, it also helps keep their food from escaping, which is why it is so important to recycle plastic bags. Plastic bags floating in the water looks like jelly fish to sea turtles so they would try to eat them and choke on the plastic bag. These turtles are already endangered, please recycle. It makes the world a safer place.