French islanders celebrate sixth egg-laying of ‘Emma’, a 150kg green turtle

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Not a single green turtle egg could be found on Reunion Island 20 years ago. Three centuries of human settlement on the little island near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean were enough to eradicate baby turtles from the beaches until 2004. But years of conservation work have once again made the French overseas department a hospitable place for the globally endangered species. More and more young turtles, both green and hawksbill, are making their return to Reunion lagoon, in the heart of a protected marine reserve. If this flourishing biodiversity had a poster girl it would be 30-year-old Emma; on…

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