After NOAA research scientists attach a satellite transmitter on to the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle discovered 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 lead to one of the greatest conservation challenges in the Western Pacific today–the protection of the Pacific leatherback’s last remaining nesting beach, sustainable fishing practices, and the reduction of plastics in the ocean. As the film reveals the international scientific research and conservation efforts currently underway, this awe-inspiring and unique short nature film exposes the seldom seen beauty and natural history of the leatherback sea turtle, which became the official state marine reptile of California in 2016. Viewers also learn some simple tips as to how they can help this magnificent ancient creature survive in its modern world.
Directed by John Dutton (USA)