The Koinonia Foundation

Grants Review Committee

19468 Manchester Dr.

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Leatherback Turtles


Beauty in motion, but only 108 laying females showed up this year on the last West Coast nesting site.

These 77 Leatherback turtle eggs will be checked daily for correct temperature through the thermo-coupling wire stretching from the nest up to the beach. A Koinonia grant helped us with a students study.

Koinonia president Gary Richman counts eggs as the 800 pound female turtle deposits them. Dr Hal Avery took this photo with a special infra-red camera after obtaining a Costa Rican Government Permit.

Can you find the turtle in this picture? Each laying leatherback turtle weighs between 600 and 2000 pounds. Dwarfed by the female turtle’s shell are Gary Richman, Dr. Hal Avery, and Dr. Frank Paladino.

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