World Turtle News, 03/17/2017
Olive Ridley Project Begins a New Research Study to Determine the Age of Ghost Nets
A group of marine biologists is on a mission: to discover the actual age of the ghost nets that somehow end up in the Indian Ocean. The ultimate goal to this mission is to determine the reason why these nets are being found in the Maldives. These biologists will be running tests and studies in the hope that one of the tests will eventually reach the point where it will be able to age the nets. They hope that this will give them more insight into ocean currents as well as the effects on sea turtles. See the “Ecology” section for more news on this exciting endeavor.
Turtle News From Around the World
USA: Deadly traps removed from turtle habitat
India: Haven for Lepidochelys olivacea may be a death sentence
USA: Find out how you can help the Turtle Patrol
Crime & Punishment
USA: Citation for Macrochelys temminckii possession
Asia: Pair of tortoises confiscated from online vendor
UK: Global Ghost Gear Initiave success continues
UK: New Project coordinator joins the ORP
New Zealand: Heartwarming story of an incredible tortoise
Did You Know…
Indotestudo forstenii naturally consumes animal protein in the wild; in fact, locals in Sulawesi have reported observing them consuming monkey feces. Check out page 13 of this report. http://www.asianturtlenetwork.org/library/reports_papers/reports/reports/Sulawesi_Turtle_Report_Platt_Sept_30_2006_ATCN_Posting_version_without_GPS.pdf
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Photo from Martin Stelfox.