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Turtles And Tourism Clash In Puerto Rico

First Posted: 06/30/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:20 PM ET

India Olive Ridley

The New York Times:

At first there were only a few nests, but over the past two decades hundreds of leatherback sea turtles have made the beaches near the El Yunque national rain forest in northeastern Puerto Rico a popular Caribbean destination.

Now, dozens of environmental groups are asking federal officials to designate the prime tourist development area a critical habitat for the endangered leatherback before other visitors threaten them.

Read the whole story: The New York Times

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