Verging on extinction in the Pacific, giant leatherback turtles have long kept a secret that has eluded scientists. In 2001, U.S. scientists launched an ambitious research mission and for the first time ever, they charted the leatherback’s unprecedented 6,500-mile one-way migration across the Pacific from Monterey Bay to natal beaches in Indonesia. Called “one of the most surprising discoveries in the history of ocean ecology,” this Jurassic journey has led to the collaboration between cultures and governments to protect one of the most important nesting beaches in the Pacific. Subsequently much international effort has been put into protecting these beaches.

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