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Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend It’s well-known that humans are royally messing up the planet. Even the staunchest of global warming deniers will generally accept that we’ve lost a lot of species, that there’s pollution and trash all over, and that most life on Earth that isn’t humans or their pets is… well… struggling. But, with such a big planet, packed with so many species that some are bound to do pretty well. And it turns out that sea turtles, of all creatures, are thriving.A new paper published in Science Advances says that the adorable amphibians’ populations are recovering after decades of declines. The study is a meta-analysis, or a study of studies, and collates data from across the world. Antonios Mazaris of Aristotle University in Greece and lead ecologist on the study looked at data going back as far as 47 years. And, shocking as it may be, there’s been some big gains for some turtles over the past few years. Others, like the leatherback turtles of the Pacific are still struggling. Some, even, are facing critical danger.Despite that, there’s still plenty of good news. There was one population of turtles in Hawaii that has increased its population more than tenfold from 1973, when the Endangered Species Act was enacted to now. It’s proof positive that many endangered populations can rebound if the right protections are put in place. Sea turtles, it’s thought, are doing so well because they face direct threats like irresponsible fishing and poaching. With even basic protection, however, the turtles do amazingly well.It is worth noting that conservation efforts for sea turtles began more than 60 years ago. These gains are remarkable, but they didn’t happen overnight. That’s one of a billion reasons that it’s important for us to start protecting our planet now, instead of waiting for the effects of global climate change to get really bad later.Mazaris also warns that long-term conservation is still vital to securing sea turtle populations. Complacency will only lead to a relapse, which would squander decades of concerted effort to help revive these endangered creatures.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.