Leatherbacks are the most widely distributed sea turtle. You can spot them throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They’re found as far north as Alaska and as far south as the southern edge of Africa. In Puerto Rico, leatherback turtles nest in San Juan’s Ocean Park neighborhood.
These creatures are also the only reptile known to be active in water below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, leatherbacks wouldn’t be able to thrive in such different environments without their one-of-a-kind body shape and powerful flippers. This combination allows them to swim thousands of miles over bodies of water and fast currents.