Conservation works! These beloved ocean creatures have beaten the odds on extinction, according to a new study. Large turtle populations in nearly 60 regions worldwide are improving, rather than declining. Of the 299 sets of known turtle populations, 95 increased, 35 went down and the rest didn’t change. Yet sea turtles continue to face risks — from hurricanes to being caught by fishing gear. But there is an opportunity in the United States to save as many as 2,500 sea turtles every year by requiring Turtle Excluder Devices on every shrimp trawl.