01 Feb '12, 4pm

Endangered Green Turtle Baby Boom Breaks 28-year Record

Endangered Green Turtle Baby Boom Breaks 28-year Record

Green sea turtle numbers are showing signs that years of conservation efforts are starting to pay off. Conservation International has announced that over 1.4 million green turtle eggs were laid last year in 14,220 nests on Baguan Island of Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi. This is an all-time high since 1984 when recording began. USFWS Southeast /CC BY 2.0 Conservation International reports , "The 2011 figures translate to 2,844 nesting green turtles and 1.44 million turtle eggs laid." Romeo Trono, CI Philippines Country Executive Director, notes in a press release, “With an average of 90% hatching success and 1% survival rate up to sexual maturity, Baguan in 2011 alone could contribute up to 13,000 to the adult turtle population.” These are fantastic numbers for a species that is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. All sea turtle species are threatened or endangered, ...

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