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Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.)

Extinction is Forever :: www.saveourleatherbacks.org


Mother leatherback sea turtle coming to lay eggs

Welcome to S.O.L.O.!

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation's (S.O.L.O.) primary goal is to recognize and help correct the nesting issues on the beaches of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. The Leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle and largest reptile on earth (females are over 2 m long, 3 m wide, and 1 m thick with weights ranging from 500 kg up to to 1000 kg in the males). In prehistoric days these turtles numbered in the 100s of millions. Now, since 1998, the nesting population is well below 1,000 at the remaining, very remote beaches in Papua Barat, Indonesia. The science data is lagging by about 2 to 3 years. Find out more about the Leatherback sea turtle »

Our Expeditions since 2005 to the largest Pacific Leatherback nesting beaches have revealed a far more severe situation than has been reported by others. Baby Leatherback turtles and their eggs are being destroyed in vast numbers in their nests by global warming, egg poachers, and predators such as wild pigs and dogs. The result is a negative hatch rate, which places the entire regeneration of the species in the Pacific Ocean in jeopardy of extinction. We have just 2 to 3 years to reverse the trend, or this gentle giant will be lost forever.

Humans have a direct responsibility to correct this. Not only to save a beautiful and majestic species from extinction, but also, if we do nothing, the entire symbiotic relationship of the seas will be altered forever. How? Simply because zooplankton, floating fish eggs, and baby fishes will be consumed by the massive emerging jellyfish blooms worldwide to the extent that remaining global fish stocks will suffer greatly. Leatherbacks and other sea turtles prey on jellyfish; without them, jellyfish populations proliferate, resulting in even more imbalanced ecosystems. Predictions of "what might happen - if..." are now what is happening to our fish stocks along our coastal fishery areas.

Our Goals & Objectives

The primary goal of this Foundation is the help reverse the rapid decline of the Leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, populations toward extinction, which is occurring at an alarmingly fast rate. Our goal to help achieve a significant reversal of population decline in the the largest Leatherback turtle nesting beaches in the Pacific, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, to increase the number of hatchlings. Find out more about our Goals & Objectives »

About Us & Our Advisors

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) had its beginnings in the spring of 2005 (details are chronicled in the book …”Almost Gone”…). It was then our Founding Director, Larry McKenna went in search of film file footage and photos of some large turtle which he was informed, was heading for a rapid extinction; the Leatherback sea turtle. Find out About Us and our Advisors »


SOLO 2007 Expedition Team

Our Expeditions!

We conduct S.O.L.O. Expeditions to the Leatherback nesting beaches several times each season; principally in the months of July and August. In 2009, we plan at least 3 back-to-back trips of 11 nights and 10 days each. Each trip will include the Leatherback beach nesting visits day and night; dives on WW II aircraft and boats and dives in the most exotic and amazing locations left to visit; the fabled Raja Ampats including Kawe right on the equator. Find out more about our Expeditions »

Help Save the Remaining Leatherback Sea Turtles

Please help us save the remaining majestic Leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific by making a donation to S.O.L.O. today. Find out more about Donations »

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors help make all we do possible and with their help the Pacific Leatherback sea turtle might just have a chance. Find out about our Sponsors »

Our Volunteers

Every nonprofit, charity organization needs and depends on success through volunteers. S.O.L.O. is no different. It is our volunteers who labor diligently behind the scenes to get the word out; to help with e-mails; to do our accounting; to help in legal activities and much, more. Find out how to become a S.O.L.O. Volunteer »

Contact Us

Please contact us at info-saveourleatherbacks@earthlink.net with any questions or comments concerning leatherback sea turtles, our projects, donations or expeditions. Contact S.O.L.O. »

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