JAKARTA, Indonesia?Conservationists say they got a rare glimpse of a six-foot-long leatherback?the world's most endangered sea turtle?together with dozens of eggs in western Indonesia.
Khairul Amra, a member of a local conservation group, said Thursday that the giant turtle was spotted on a beach on Sumatra island over the weekend just before it plunged into the water.
Soon after 65 eggs thought to belong to the leatherback were found in a nest?the third such discovery on the same beach this year.
Leatherbacks, which can grow up to nine feet long, have roamed the oceans for 100 million years, but the globe-trotting sea turtles today number only around 30,000.
Their biggest threats are commercial fishing and egg hunters.