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  Worksheet: Giant turtles facing extinction
Updated 26 February 2004, 16.00
Leatherback turtle
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.

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.



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