28 Feb 2013

Sea turtle nest numbers down

9:48 am on 28 February 2013

Researchers in the United States say they have recorded a 78% decline in the number of nests of the leatherback sea turtle.

They fear the largest marine turtle faces extinction in the next 20 years.

The leatherback turtle grows to almost two metres in length and migrates across the Pacific from the US to Indonesia to reproduce.

The BBC reports they have been around for 100 million years and survived the extinction of the dinosaurs.