Distribution: Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, Japan, Gulf of Thailand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Solomon Islands [McCoy 2000], Chile, Argentina, Kenya, the British Isles, United Kingdom, and Newfoundland Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Eritrea, Tanzania (?), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Somalia, Mauritania, South Africa, tropical western Africa, Cameroon, Madagascar Caribbean and Mediterranean seas (Adriatic Sea: Croatia), Italy [E. RAZZETTI, pers. comm.], Greece (Corfu), France Turkey [Basoglu 1973],Portugal, Australia (North Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, West Australia) SE Mexico (Yucatan, Baja California), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)] caretta: Atlantic Ocean gigas: Indian and Pacific Ocean acording to the 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals: EC/NE/NW/SE/SW/WC Atlantic, E/W Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Sea, EC/NE/NW/SE/SW/WC Pacific, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Libya, Madagascar, Mexico, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (= Burma), Namibia, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, USA (Alaska, Washington, Western Atlantic: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida), Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British) Two finds in waters of Russia are known: in the Barents Sea's Kolsky Bay and in the Sea of Japan's Peter the Great Bay (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm.)
Type locality: “Americanas”
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