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From The CriticsFifty years ago, 40,000 turtles nested on Mexican beaches. By 1978, the number was down to 500. Since then, veterinarians and volunteers have successfully collaborated to increase that number. This photo-essay depicts the efforts to save one specific turtle rescued on a Cape Cod beach. The turtle, first cared for in Massachusetts, is eventually sent to Florida to be released. The final section shows turtles hatching in Mexico and, with the help of volunteers, setting off into the Gulf of Mexico. The text deftly combines facts about turtles, environmental themes and brief profiles of workers shown in clear color photographs.