The Caribbean Sees a Giant Sea Turtle Comeback

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The good news is that leatherback turtles are making a comeback in regions that have implemented conservation laws, such as Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Florida, Guyana, and Suriname. However, they still need protection in most areas of the Caribbean, Asia, and the Eastern Pacific. As a follow-up to my co-blogger’s previous post on this topic, Sea turtles make comeback in Caribbean, I would like to add a few spectacular photos of these magnificent creatures.

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[. . .] While Trinidad supports some 80 percent of total leatherback nesting in the Caribbean, with a population of some 15,000 females laying eggs every two years, the turtles are also flourishing in other spots around the region. In northern Guyana, leatherbacks have become the most abundant marine turtle species instead of the rarest one as it was in recent decades. In neighboring Suriname, the creatures’ numbers have jumped tenfold, according to a 2007 assessment by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier this year, Puerto Rico protected a swath of beach along the island’s northeast coast that hosts over 400 nesting leatherbacks per year. In 2012, Florida wildlife officials surveyed some 250 miles of beaches and counted some 515 leatherback nests.

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For full article and more photos, see http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Sea-turtle-comeback-in-a-corner-of-the-Caribbean-4527848.php#page-2

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