Description of the Leatherback
*source: Pritchard & Mortimier (1999)
Shape broadly triangular; width to 25 cm; two prominent maxiallary cusps, covered with unscaled skin in adults.
Elongate with seven prominent longitudinal ridges (keels); scutes always absent; adults with smooth skin, but hatchlings covered with small bead-like scales; straight carapace length to 180 cm (to 165 cm in the eastern Pacific).
Black and white in color; relatively small, distensible (with very little bone).