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  Giant turtles facing extinction
Updated 26 February 2004, 11.11
Leatherback turtle
Scientists are warning that the world's largest and oldest turtle could be extinct within 10 years.

The number of Pacific Ocean leatherback turtles has fallen from about 115,000 breeding females to less than 3,000 over the last 22 years.

Experts say one of the reasons is because the giant reptiles often get tangled up in fishing nets and drown.

To try and boost leatherback numbers, scientists want to develop fishing nets which can allow the turtles to escape.

At the moment around 50,000 leatherback turtles die each year in fishing nets.

The massive creatures have been around for millions of years and even outlived the dinosaurs.

They live in the Pacific Ocean and adults can grow to be as big as a small car.

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