Once endangered diamondback terrapin turtles make a comeback

Now listed as a species of special concern in New Jersey, diamondback terrapin turtles have rebounded slightly in recent years due to the efforts of scientists, conservationists and volunteers.

Jun 13, 2023, 2:34 AM

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For 10 million years, diamondback terrapin turtles have come ashore in the salt bays and marshes each spring to lay their eggs.
But their numbers have dwindled over the past century due to development, hunting, poaching, road kills and deadly crab traps.
Now listed as a species of special concern in New Jersey, their numbers have rebounded slightly in recent years due to the efforts of scientists, conservationists and volunteers.
On today's "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue spends a day with the Terrapin Nesting Project on Long Beach Island as volunteers frantically try to save an injured turtle and help a dozen others nest and lay their eggs.
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