Mon, February 06, 2012
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Endangered turtle baby boom

2012-02-06 05:26:47 GMT2012-02-06 13:26:47(Beijing Time)

A Green sea turtle is seen in a climate controlled tank as it is treated for "cold stun" at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on January 8, 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida. With a South Florida forecast of cold weather in the next few days the nature center is bracing for more turtles to be victims of the cold spell. If the green turtle bodies fall below 60 degree temperature they become immobilized and tend to float to the waters surface where they could end up with pneumonia or be unable to defend themselves against predators. The center has taken in around 50 green turtle over the last few days as South Florida experiences prolonged cold weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A newly hatched green turtle makes its way to the Indian Ocean off Kenya's Lamu island September 15, 2006. REUTERS/Candace Feit (KENYA)

A worker feeds a baby green turtle (Chelonia mydas) at a turtle conservation centre in Serangan on Bali island December 11, 2009. Green turtles are listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. REUTERS/Crack Palinggi (INDONESIA ANIMALS SOCIETY)

Some 154 Green Turtles hatch from a single nest on a beach in Rad Dege, 24 km (15 miles) south of Tanzania?s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, July 28, 2007. The Green Turtles are one of five turtle species, all globally endangered, that are found on the east African coast. Their nests are protected by local villagers, who work as part of a project that has been implemented by Sea Sense, a local Tanzanian NGO. REUTERS/Sala Lewis (TANZANIA)

Green turtles swim in a tank at a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, north of Galle, July 7, 2009. Of the world's eight turtle species, Sri Lanka is home to five. Turtle hatcheries along the coast provide a way of earning a living for the people running them and also help combating the poaching of turtle eggs. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash)

A three-inch long baby green sea turtle dives down after taking a breath in its aquarium at Sea World in San Diego, July 2, 2003. For the first time in Sea World San Diego's 39-year history aquarists have successfully incubated and hatched green sea turtles. Six of the surviving 21 hatchlings born less than a month ago are on display to the public at the Park. The turtles are an endangered/threatened species world wide, can grow to weight up to 150kg and enjoy a life span of up to 80 years.

An albino baby turtle swims with green sea babies turtle in a pond at Khram island, about 30 km (19 miles) from Pattaya, east of Bangkok June 17, 2009. Special care is given to around 15,000 green and hawksbill baby turtles hatched and housed at the navy's conservation center each year. Once the baby turtles' shells are big and strong enough to protect them from various predators at about six-months-old the young turtles are released to the sea. Picture taken June 17, 2009. (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom)

Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said Feb. 1.



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