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When you hear about deep-diving, air-breathing animals, you might first think of colossal sperm whales plunging over 1,000 meters to battle giant squid in the dark abyss. Or perhaps you think of massive elephant seals spending over an hour at depths over a half a mile down chasing prey. But what about turtles?
The writers at Deep Sea News are big fans of all things invertebrate. We bend over backwards trying to convince people that deep-sea worms, isopods, anemones, and squid are the coolest animals anywhere on Earth. We stick up our noses at charismatic megafauna like sea turtles and whales, thinking “What could possibly be so interesting about air breathing animals with bilateral symmetry?” We recognize that “normal people” like the vertebrates, … especially the marine megavertebrates.
In the most ingenious conservation fund raising idea ever, a dozen satellite tagged sea leatherback sea turtles will be released simultaneously from the shores of Costa Rica. Leatherback turtles in the Pacific have declined 90% over the last decade. These deep diving sea turtles are in dire need of help. Pick a turtle and place a wager.