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US might place atlantic sea turtle on endangered list

AP
Published Dec 13, 2017, 10:17 am IST
Updated Dec 13, 2017, 10:17 am IST
Leatherback turtles are world's largest sea turtles. They can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They are also the deepest diving turtle.
Green turtle swimming over coral reefs in Kona. Photo: Wikipedia
 Green turtle swimming over coral reefs in Kona. Photo: Wikipedia

Federal wildlife officials say they are reviewing the status of a sea turtle that lives in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean to see if it should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says it is conducting the review of the Northwest Atlantic population of leatherback sea turtles. The turtles live all over the world, including off of the mid-Atlantic states, New England and Canada.

 

Leatherbacks are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The fisheries service says it's collecting comments until Feb. 5 about whether the northwestern Atlantic's population should be included on the US's endangered list.

Leatherback turtles are world's largest sea turtles. They can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They are also the deepest diving turtle.

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