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September 2003

Lawsuit filed to Save Okinawan Dugong from Extinction

By Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles

A coalition of conservation groups from both sides of the Pacific Rim filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa, Japan. Conservationists are concerned that the proposed 1.5 mile long airbase to be built on reclaimed land over a coral reef will destroy the remaining habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong, a relative of the manatee, and a cultural icon of the Okinawan people.

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Early leatherback nests in Caletas, Costa Rica

By Sea Turtles

(San José, Costa Rica) Sept. 8, 2003 – Typically, the Leatherback sea turtle nesting season on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica begins in late October. PRETOMA is proud to announce that a young, lone Leatherback got the season off to an early start on the night of September 2, 2003 by laying likely its first nest at Playa Caletas on the north central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

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