World Turtle News, 09/20/2019
Treatment used for drug overdoses in people could help sea turtles suffering from red tide exposure
Red tides occur annually in the Gulf of Mexico and are caused by a harmful algal species that releases potent neurotoxins, known as brevetoxins, into the surrounding water. Brevetoxins bind to fats and are often found in fatty organs, such as the liver, in affected turtles.
Intravenous lipid emulsion involves placing a needle in a turtle’s neck and dripping the lipid emulsion directly into the turtle’s bloodstream. The brevetoxins combine with these lipids and are then eliminated from the body through the turtle’s waste.
Turtle News From Around the World
USA: Canaveral National Seashore officials in FL estimate 1,500 of 6,000 sea turtle nests affected by Hurricane Dorian
Cyprus: country’s first turtle museum back on track to open once exhibits are complete
Crime & Punishment
India: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force arrests smuggler, recovers 32kg of tortoise calipee
Panama: 3 Los Santos smugglers arrested, 1,308 sea turtle eggs confiscated
USA: new deep-set buoy fishing method to be introduced off CA coast, aims to reduce bycatch and be safer for sea turtles
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Photo from Loggerhead Marinelife Center.