The leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), one of four species of sea turtles found in Fiji, is the only turtle which cannot retract its head or limbs. Its shell is a leathery skin rather than a horny plate. The seven lengthwise ridges on its back and five on its bottom make it easily recognizable. Leatherbacks can grow up to 2.5 meters long and weight up to a ton. In Fiji all leatherbacks and their eggs are fully protected year-round under the Fisheries Act.
My travel guidebooks have been serving island travelers since 1979. Moon Handbooks South Pacific is now in its 8th edition, and Tahiti and Fiji each have guides of their own. This blog site is intended to share new facts as they cross my desk, and to discuss issues of interest to visitors. So grab a seat: We're off on a virtual island tour.