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Sea turtle numbers increase by 980% after 40 years of protection

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

A new study has shown just how comprehensively animal populations can recover if given the proper protections in law.

Since the introduction of the US’ Endangered Species Act in 1973, the sea turtle population has increased by 980%.

In fact 78% of marine mammals rebounded after protections came into being. Hawaiian humpback whales, for example, went from a population of 800 in 1979 to 10,000 in 2015. The species recovered so substantially that it was removed from the act in 2016.

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