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Barra Vieja, Mexico, February 19, 2012 - Three students sleep in a hammock on the beach at Campamento Tortuguera, an organization that works to save the turtles from human predators. The students are there as part of a work study program. <br />
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Leatherbacks are one of the more endangered species, mostly due to human activity, including being caught in fishing nets, ingestion of plastic and trash, and illegal egg collection. The latter is a considerable problem in Mexico despite laws enacted in 1991 protecting the turtles.