Belimbing turtle plummets 97% in 22 years

In Indonesia, the Belimbing turtle, a species of leatherback turtle, has seen its population drop a terrifying 97% over the last 22 years. Estimates by Conservation International place the species at 1,000 members, and warns that the Belimbing could be extinct in the next ten years. Hunting for use in traditional medicine and leather-making are blamed for the decline.

Link: Only 1,000 leatherback sea turtles left.

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