Thursday, November 27, 2014

Leatherback sea turtle

How beautiful are the turtles! We have the ninja turtles! the fable of the tortoise and the hare, lazy turtle Dragon Ball series, etc ... But look at the mouth with some real turtles:

This is considered the most fearsome mouth (do not know what criteria). As you can see, this mouth is full of teeth. Has teeth in all parts of the mouth, from the mouth into the esophagus through the tongue. And its teeth are sharp, conical, and perfect for any prey escape it.

The nice smile of this mouth is huge, in fact, the Leatherback sea turtle (the protagonist of this post) is considered the third largest reptile on earth. Can weigh a ton and measuring over 2.7 meters (9 ft.) long.

But atemoricemos us this wonderful mouth is not ready to hunt humans. In fact, their food are jellyfish. And how are you are not very nutritious, eat and eat jellyfish without rest. So given that the number of jellyfish increases, we might think that the survival of the Laud turtle is assured. But for anything, in fact, this turtle feeds on jellyfish, and these are similar to those of plastic bags floating on the sea appearance. Without stopping to see what they are, the turtle can eat a bag and cause his death.

It is known as Leatherback sea turtle or lute turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and found in the seas of tropical latitudes.

A curiosity of this animalete is that some experts believe could produce their own body heat, unlike the vast majority of reptiles. However, some experts believe that this is not so, but the Leatherback turtle is a Gigantoterma. Gigantoterma capacity is bigs animals maintain a constant body temperature.

By the way, the name of Lute, is because the shape of its shell refers to a musical instrument called Lute. An instrument of the troubadours of the Middle Ages.