World Turtle News, 08/16/2015
The plastic problem
The top story of the Conservation section is a video of a sea turtle having a plastic straw removed from its nose. Demonstrating yet again the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean. Also a leatherback sea turtle being cut free from fishing gear, loggerhead hatchling release and others in the Conservation section. A counties turtles is targeted for smuggling and heavy machinery kills sea turtles on sargasso covered beaches, see the Crime & Punishment section. Two tortoises are reunited with their owners in the Lost & Found section.
Turtle News From Around the World
The agony caused by just one piece of plastic thrown into the sea.
Rescuers Save Giant Sea Turtle caught in trap off martha’s vineyard.
Sea turtle center staff hold surprise, rare loggerhead hatchling release.
RBG working with Hydro One on turning Cootes parking lot into turtle nesting area.
Wabashiki turtle research holds promise.
Kalyar Platt receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award.
U.S. to Mexico: Stop Sea Turtle Deaths or Suffer Sanctions.
Guana Research Reserve to host sea turtle program.
Get ready for the sea turtle invasion at The Gardens Mall Saturday.
Crime & Punishment
County becomes a focal point for turtle smuggling, official says.
Turtles found dead from machines removing sargasso.
Lost & Found
Tampa family finds Peanut, their lost 80-pound tortoise.
Charlie the Tortoise is Moving on August 25!.
Did You Know…
Leatherbacks can dive to a depth of more than 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) in search of their prey, jellyfish. The hard-shelled species dive at shallower depths. The leatherback is adapted to deep dives because of its unique morphology. Unlike other sea turtles, the leatherback lacks a rigid breastbone that allows it to collapse during deep dives. There is a large amount of oil in the skin and the leathery shell absorbs Nitrogen, reducing problems arising from decompression during deep dives and resurfacing.
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Photo from Jason Behnken/staff