World Turtle News, 11/01/2019
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, FL to monitor red tide as they finish sea turtle season
With the deadly algal bloom known as red tide still lingering off the coast of Florida after the US sea turtle nesting season comes to a close, concerns remain that it may still cause problems for wildlife in the area. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has made it its mission to research red tide around both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island along with its effects on the ocean inhabitants near them. The goal: collect and test tissue samples from deceased sea turtles in the area in order to determine how far red tide poisoning affects both adult sea turtles and any unlaid eggs they may have been carrying. Results from this research can then be used to help protect sea turtles in the future.
Turtle News From Around the World
USA: students at Arlington High School, NY release 79 Blanding’s turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) after successful head start program
USA: Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association in FL announces 624 total sea turtle nests on Gasparilla Island in 2019
Nigeria: a busy International Coastal Cleanup Day in Lagos and a goal to raise new activists, protect sea turtles
Kenya: 7 pancake tortoises (Malacochersis tornieri) discovered at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, distribution range extended
India: world’s largest Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) rookery Gahiramatha marine sanctuary to begin fishing ban 11/01
Crime & Punishment
Maldives: “Illegal Wildlife Trade, by (marine biologist and photographer) Andy Ball” (PHOTOS)
Malaysia: 1,000 sea turtle eggs seized by Sabah Marine police, poacher escapes
Australia: volunteers collect 28kg of debris at Pretty Pool Beach and Cemetery Beach, WA ahead of sea turtle nesting season
Study: “Turtles on the trash track: loggerhead turtles exposed to floating plastic in the Mediterranean Sea”
USA: $6k raised for Whitney Laboratory’s sea turtle hospital during Taste of the Fun Coast event
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Photo from National Geographic.