Why turtles' tale may not have a happy ending
Friday 30 September 2011
An infant leatherback turtle pulls itself towards the sea at Playa Grande, Guanacaste, in Costa Rica. Despite decades of conservation efforts, leatherbacks in the east Pacific have declined by 90 per cent in the past 20 years due to egg consumption and fishing, and coastal development looms as the next threat to their survival.
Now a study by 30 scientists for Conservation International has identified specific populations around the world that are most at threat.
Asia was found to be a particularly dangerous region for sea turtles, with Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia named as having some of the most threatened populations.
Scientists involved in the study said it would play an important role in mapping out conservation plans for the most vulnerable sea turtles.
Fracking shame: Full threat to British wildlife is laid bare in a new report showing up to half the country could be licensed for shale gas extraction
Powerlines disturb animal habitats by appearing as disturbing flashes of UV light invisible to the human eye
Python eats croc: when two (or more) species go to war - the 12 most amazing animal battles ever recorded
The 10 best folding bikes
10 best hiking boots
- 1 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 2 Rachel Canning: US teenager returns home after she tried to sue her parents for child support
- 3 Girl found in the Amazon rainforest with neighbour Grover Morales after going missing for 7 months
- 4 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
- 5 Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Commercial ...
£1000 per month: Inspiring Interns: This company is one of the top two gaming ...
£20,000 to £30,000: IT Connections Ltd: Java Developer / Graduate / Web Develo...
£30,000 to £40,000: IT Connections Ltd: Java / J2EE Developer / Agile / Linux ...