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Unformatted text preview: Back from the Brink By David Glick, Smithsonian, Sept. 2005, 36(6), 54- Not every endangered species is doomed. Thanks to tough laws, dedicated researchers, and plenty of money and effort, success stories abound By Daniel Glick On Hawaiis big island, marine biologist George Balazs seems to know most of the turtles by nameor at least by their markings and tags. He conducts what may be one of the longest continuous monitoring of any sea reptile, an effort of 34 years, and has presided over a cultural makeover that has turned the sea turtle, once a popular menu item, into a star of a multimilliondollar tourist industry. But Balazs credits the giant reptile itself. The honu touch your heart, he says, using the Hawaiian word for turtle. These turtles are their own best ambassadors. For decades, Hawaiians hunted the animals for their skin, which was turned into handbags, and their meat, a delicacy. In the 1970s, a turtle was a hundred dollar bill, says Balazs. After he their meat, a delicacy....
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