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Sea Turtle Saga
Sea Turtle Saga

Archie Carr's crusade to save sea turtles from extinction, begun in the 1950s, stands as one of the most successful conservation movements in history. The biggest comeback has been seen in populations of the green sea turtle (pictured). Still, biologists say certain species—notably the leatherback and the loggerhead—are in serious decline worldwide and may never recover. International treaties ban trade in products derived from all turtle species, but laws governing turtle consumption and trade within countries are set by those individual countries. The Endangered Species Act bans all trade and consumption of sea turtle meat or products in the U.S., but many Caribbean nations still legally allow their citizens to buy and sell turtle products, including items made from real tortoiseshell, derived almost exclusively from the hawksbill turtle.