Leatherback turtles put on endangered list

ABC NEWS AUSTRALIA

The Northern Territory branch of the WWF says Territory anglers need to do more to protect a rare turtle species that’s found in local waters.

The Federal Government has added the leatherback turtle to the endangered species list.

The animal is the world’s largest sea turtle and has been found in Cobourg Peninsula and near Maningrida.

Brydie Hill from the WWF says recreational and commercial fishing is hurting the species.

“If you think about the fact that these animals have been around since the dinosaur era and now they are faced with oceans full of hooks and lines and nets and various other obstacles to get caught in, you can see that that threat still remains.”

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