Fake sharks could save turtles from fish hooks

Date: 1/8/2004

Fibreglass sharks might help to scare endangered sea turtles away from long-line fish hooks as part of a drive to protect the world’s migratory species.  Leatherback and loggerhead turtles may disappear from the Pacific Ocean in the next 20 years unless major changes occur soon. Loggerhead turtles, for instance, can swim from their birthplace in Japan to feeding grounds off Mexico. Turtles are among about 10,000 species, ranging from butterflies to whales, that move regularly to new breeding or feeding grounds. Human activities threaten to wipe out many of them.

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