This file photo taken on January 14, 2016 shows a green sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys. / AFP / Pablo Cozzaglio
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Green sea turtles of Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico are no longer considered "endangered," U.S. officials said Tuesday, hailing decades of conservation for saving the long-imperiled creatures.In Florida alone, there are some 2,250 nesting females counted on beaches each year, up from a handful in 1978 when the breeding populations were first listed as endangered, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.That leaves three populations of green sea turtles worldwide that are considered endangered and at the highest risk of disappearing from the planet – those that live in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Central South Pacific and Central West Pacific Ocean.
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