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23 Apr 2020 - 2020 is set to be ‘really good year’ for leatherbacks, conservationists say.

In recent weeks, rare leatherback turtles have been found nesting in numbers not seen for decades on beaches in Florida and Thailand.

And experts say the resurgence of the vulnerable leatherback is likely closely linked to the desertion of beaches across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Juno beach, Florida, staff from the Loggerhead Marinelife Centre have discovered 76 nests over an almost 10-mile stretch of sand in the first two weeks of the season, a "significant" increase on last year.

In Thailand, the largest number of leatherback nests in two decades has been found on beaches bereft of tourists, according to environmentalists.

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The Independent
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Marine ecosystems
Thailand, United States