Sunday, January 22, 2006

Comeback of the green turtles

Something good to start the year with - Green turtles (Chelonia mydas populations in Ascension island has tripled since the 1970s and now there are some 11000 to 15000 turtles with numbers rising exponentially, say studies by marine biologist Annette Broderick of Exeter University, U.K.

'Jeff Seminoff, an ecologist who chairs the IUCN's green turtle task force says, "By maintaining the globally endangered status [for all turtles], you can lose focus on the critically endangered populations."

See "Green Turtles Make a Comeback." By John Whitfield. ScienceNOW Daily News, 20 Jan 2006.

Photo credit: Science online

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