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Why Leatherback Turtles Linger in South Pacific Gyre, and Why It Matters

Leatherbacks. They are the Olympians of the turtle world — swimming farther, diving deeper and venturing into colder waters than any other marine turtle species. But for all their toughness, they have still suffered a 90 percent drop in their population in the eastern Pacific Ocean over the last 20-plus years, largely at the hands of humanity.

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