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A group to learn about Leatherback Sea Turtle and how to help save them along with Facts, Media, and chatter. This group is not the official Sea Turtle Restoration Project but we care just as much. Save them from Extinction!
Leatherbacks are in immanent danger of extinction. A critical factor is the harvesting of eggs from nests. Valued as a food delicacy, Leatherback eggs are falsely touted to have aphrodisiacal properties in some cultures. The leatherback, unlike the Green Sea turtle, is not often killed for its meat; however, the increase in human populations coupled with the growing black market trade has escalated their egg depletion. Other critical factors causing the leatherbacks’ decline are pollution such as plastics (leatherbacks eat this debris thinking it is jellyfish; fishing practices such as longline fishing and gill nets, and development on habitat areas. Scientists have estimated that there are only about 35,000 Leatherback turtles in the world.

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