Sea turtles nest at record pace along Georgia coast

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:33

The number of sea turtle nests along the Georgia coast is on pace to set a record this year.Kris Williams is director of Caretta Research Project, a sea turtle conservation organization. She told the Savannah Morning News that beach patrols along the Georgia coast between Tybee and Cumberland islands had ...

Texas coastal flooding strands about 100 endangered turtles

U.S. 06/03/19, 17:11

High tides and flooding associated with May storms that buffeted parts of Texas caused the stranding of about 100 young sea turtles along part of the Gulf coast, experts say.Jesse Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, said Monday that the juvenile green sea turtles ...

Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season begins on Georgia coast

U.S. 04/26/19, 15:37

Rare loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs along the Georgia coast.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the first loggerhead nest of the 2019 season was discovered Friday on Cumberland Island. Typically, the season runs from May through August in Georgia and the Carolinas.Mark Dodd is the wildlife biologist who ...

Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant

U.S. 04/24/19, 13:41

An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters.Wesley Burt with the West Memphis Animal Shelter says the treatment plant notified the shelter last Wednesday and by the end of next day, about 75 turtles had ...

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

Science 04/15/19, 02:24

The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses ...

Arizona repository houses dead animals for use by tribes

U.S. 04/01/19, 02:16

Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the state Game and Fish Department for animals ...

New England seeing a huge spike in beached sea turtles

Science 03/28/19, 00:15

At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper.These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile nicknamed Honey ...

Animals killed in fire at California reptile museum

U.S. 03/14/19, 20:38

Authorities say small animals including turtles, snakes and parakeets are feared dead in a fire at a Southern California reptile museum.Jenny Smith with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tells the Los Angeles Times that firefighters on Thursday were able to rescue some macaws and African grey parrots.Crews responding shortly ...

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Enviroment 03/05/19, 07:22

Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs ...

Reptile replicas: 19 turtle statues completed in Galveston

U.S. 02/19/19, 16:31

Organizers say the first 19 Kemp's ridley sea turtle statues in Galveston's Turtles About Town project are completed and being set up. The Galveston County Daily News reports the sea turtle statue project aims to raise awareness about the creatures and protecting coastal environment. Plans are in the works for about ...

Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018

U.S. 02/12/19, 18:27

Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted the statewide nesting totals on Tuesday.More than 91,400 loggerhead nests were ...

Pennsylvanian pleads guilty to trafficking protected turtles

U.S. 02/04/19, 16:39

A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trafficking protected turtles.U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says David Sommers on Monday admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 diamondback terrapin hatchlings.Sommers pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the Lacey Act and agreed ...

Sea turtle released into Florida waters after eel removal

U.S. 12/30/18, 03:05

A loggerhead sea turtle that required surgery to remove a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from its body cavity has been released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.The turtle named "Shelmore" was returned to the ocean Saturday off Islamorada not far from the spot where it was discovered in September, ...

Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys

U.S. 12/12/18, 05:20

Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital. A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday. In this photo provided by the Florida ...

Over 200 sea turtles, some dead, some barely alive, wash ashore Cape Cod

U.S. 11/24/18, 21:16

An unusual number of sea turtles have been washing ashore in New England, many of which are the critically endangered turtle species called Kemp's ridley. A Massachusetts wildlife sanctuary director tells the Cape Cod Times that at least 219 turtles washed ashore Wednesday through Friday on Cape Cod beaches. The expert ...

Injured turtle gets around on Lego wheelchair while healing

Amazing 09/28/18, 13:10

A wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while he's on the mend at the Maryland Zoo.News outlets report that veterinarians had performed surgery on the grapefruit-sized eastern box turtle found in July with fractures to the underside of his shell.Zoo veterinary ...

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