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From the Ted Talk by Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

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This is a photograph that sowhs a hatchling about to taste saltwater for the very first time beginning this long and pilouers journey. Only one in a thousand leatherback hnclhitgas will reach maturity. But that's due to natural predators like vtluerus that pick them off on a baceh or predatory fish that are waiting offshore. Nature has learned to compensate with that, and femleas have mtluiple cceuthls of eggs to overcome those odds. But what they can't deal with is anthropogenic stresses, human things, like this pirctue that shows a leatherback caught at night in a gill net. I actually jumped in and photographed this, and with the fisherman's permission, I cut the turtle out, and it was able to swim free. But, you know, thousands of other leatherbacks each year are not so fortunate, and the species' future is in great danger.

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This is a photograph that _____ a hatchling about to taste saltwater for the very first time beginning this long and ________ journey. Only one in a thousand leatherback __________ will reach maturity. But that's due to natural predators like ________ that pick them off on a _____ or predatory fish that are waiting offshore. Nature has learned to compensate with that, and _______ have ________ ________ of eggs to overcome those odds. But what they can't deal with is anthropogenic stresses, human things, like this _______ that shows a leatherback caught at night in a gill net. I actually jumped in and photographed this, and with the fisherman's permission, I cut the turtle out, and it was able to swim free. But, you know, thousands of other leatherbacks each year are not so fortunate, and the species' future is in great danger.

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Original Text

This is a photograph that shows a hatchling about to taste saltwater for the very first time beginning this long and perilous journey. Only one in a thousand leatherback hatchlings will reach maturity. But that's due to natural predators like vultures that pick them off on a beach or predatory fish that are waiting offshore. Nature has learned to compensate with that, and females have multiple clutches of eggs to overcome those odds. But what they can't deal with is anthropogenic stresses, human things, like this picture that shows a leatherback caught at night in a gill net. I actually jumped in and photographed this, and with the fisherman's permission, I cut the turtle out, and it was able to swim free. But, you know, thousands of other leatherbacks each year are not so fortunate, and the species' future is in great danger.

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