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Anyone serving green turtle soup today would be committing a felony.
Leatherbacks and loggerheads held their own, and green turtles are almost at record-high levels.
Remarkably, however, Irma could prove to be a blip in the survival trajectory of green turtles, said Kate Mansfield, director of the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group.
Loggerheads have laid only eight new nests at the refuge since the storm, while green turtles have laid 466.
In an astonishing surge, green turtles progressed from rarely appearing in the 1980s on Central Florida’s Atlantic Ocean beaches to dwarfing the longstanding dominance of loggerhead turtles this year.
Loggerhead nesting tends to wrap up by August or September, while green turtle nesting may continue through part of the peak hurricane season, Dr. Mansfield said.
The greatest boost was among green turtles in the southwest Indian Ocean, where numbers have increased an average of 18% per year.
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