World Turtle News, 05/01/2016
N.J. tries to keep terrapins from becoming road kill, pets or soup
On a gray, unseasonably chilly day last week, two turtle hatchlings emerged from their winter hibernation inside a hole three inches beneath the sand at the Jersey Shore. The diamondback terrapins, a unique turtle that lives in brackish waters along the coast and Delaware Bay, would soon taste freedom for the first time. But first, a biologist with the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor would have to remove the wire cages that had been placed above their nests last fall to protect the hatchlings – each the size of a quarter – from raccoons, skunks, and other predators. Click the link to read more about the Wetlands Institutes work…
Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback seaturtle) spotted off Ocean Isle beach (Ecology section) and read about a trip to Trindad to research Dermochelys coriacea (Blog section). Seaturtle releases and researchers chasing turtles in the Conservation section. Watch a group of turtles balance on a log in the Miscellany section, plus lots more…
Turtle News From Around the World
Brevard Zoo releases rehabbed green sea turtles at Melbourne Beach: video
Researchers go to great depths to save turtle population: video
Volunteers come to aid of 20 turtles at Wonder Gardens
Canadian Seaturtle Network: Trip to Trinidad
Crime & Punishment
Seven nabbed dried turtle and dolphin meat
Rare species of turtles seized
Leatherback Turtle Spotted at Ocean Isle Beach!
A Group of Determined Turtles Struggle to Maintain Their Balance on a Slippery Log in a Murky Pond: video
No sign of rare turtles near future Kitchener school
Gracie the Tortoise goes missing, again
Did You Know…
FranÃ§ois Marie Daudin (1776 – 1803) was a French zoologist. Described Cuora amboinensis amboinensis (Malayan box turtle), Gopherus polyphemus (Florida gopher tortoise) and Rafetus euphraticus (Euphrates softshell turtle).
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Photo from MICHAEL BRYANT.