The Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle

Director: John Dutton
Country of Origin: United States

After NOAA research scientists attach a satellite transmitter on a critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle feeding on the giant jellyfish in the nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay, California, they uncover an unprecedented epic 7,000-mile migration across the Pacific to the leatherback’s remote nesting beaches in Indonesia. This discovery has led to one of the greatest conservation challenges in the Western Pacific today–the protection of the last remaining nesting beach, promotion of sustainable fishing practices, and the reduction of plastics in the ocean.

This awe-inspiring and unique short nature film spotlights some of the international scientific research and conservation efforts currently underway and exposes the seldom seen beauty and natural history of the leatherback sea turtle. Viewers also learn some simple tips about how they can help this magnificent ancient creature survive in its modern world.

The leatherback sea turtle was designated the official state marine reptile of California in 2016.

Producer: John Dutton Productions
Writer: John Dutton
Funding provided by: NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, The Ocean Foundation