Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Green Turtles slowly recovering

After nearly going extinct in the early 1980s, green sea turtles are slowly recovering populations in key breeding grounds, according to this article at the Washington Post. The turtles have been exploited for centuries for meat and shells. Because the turtles spend the majority of their lives at sea, true population numbers are difficult to calculate. The positive assessment of the turtles recovery comes after a collaborative effort by scientists in Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica and Florida on counting egg-laying females that return to nesting sites. This news release from the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. further details the scientists' efforts and the turtles successes.

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