The western Pacific leatherback turtle, the world’s largest reptile and a common sight every year in the waters outside the Golden Gate, could go extinct within 20 years if more isn’t done to protect its habitat and nesting sites, a team of international experts concluded.

The worldwide population of the endangered Pacific leatherback has declined more than 90 percent since the 1980s because of commercial fishing, egg poaching, destruction of nesting habitat, degradation of foraging habitat and changing ocean conditions.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Leatherback-turtle-nest-numbers-way-down-4362377.php#ixzz2NvjlmnXQ

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    The western Pacific leatherback turtle, the world's largest reptile and a common sight every year in the waters outside the Golden Gate, could go extinct within 20 years if more isn't done to protect its habitat and nesting sites, a team of international experts concluded. The worldwide population of the endangered...