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Giant South American river turtle adult
2014-08-17 05:48:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Giant South American River Turtles are capable of producing a variety of vocalizations in different behavioral situations, including while they are caring for their young, a team of US and Brazilian scientists report in a recent edition of the journal Herpetologica. The researchers have been studying the communication and social behavior of these creatures, which are known for their longevity and their protective shells, and have...

green turtle
2014-07-31 04:00:00

University of Exeter Sea turtles are not a species one would normally associate with the United Kingdom. But on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island, one of the world’s largest green turtle populations is undergoing something of a renaissance. Writing in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, scientists from the University of Exeter and Ascension Island Government Conservation Department report that the number of green turtles nesting at the remote South Atlantic...

Legally Caught Marine Turtles Tops 42,000 Each Year
2014-02-21 08:12:57

University of Exeter A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles – and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries. The research, carried out by Blue Ventures Conservation and staff at the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation, is the first to comprehensively review the number of turtles currently taken within the law and assess how this compares to other global...

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Populations Still Need Protection
2013-05-30 05:06:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Hawaiian green sea turtle population has increased since the species was listed under the US Endangered Species Act in 1978. New research from Stanford University shows, however, that the number of turtles is only a fraction of historic levels, so the calls to lift the animals´ protections may be premature. "It's critical to compare the animal's population level to its historic abundance, not just to recent levels," said...

USGS Study Finds Green Sea Turtles Are Utilizing Protected Habitat
2013-04-30 10:25:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study, nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries. This study is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park. In Florida, the green sea turtles are listed as an endangered species, while in the rest of their range they are considered threatened. The habits of these turtles after...

Sea Turtle Conservation Should Include Nesting Site Protection
2013-02-19 08:13:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As various species around the world experience increasingly negative impacts from climate change, scientists are constantly looking for ways to inform the conversation around conservation. A joint team of Australian and American researchers recently published a study in the journal Global Change Biology that shows how the official protection of key breeding grounds is vital to maintaining the resilience of many sea turtle species....

Marine Protected Areas Prove To Be Vital Aspect Of Green Turtle Sustainability
2012-03-21 05:08:51

Ryan Parson for RedOrbit.com Some sea turtles appear to be reaping the benefits of government designated areas of bodies of water, known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography suggests that the MPAs are playing a key role in the support and nourishment of the Green turtle. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, all six species of sea turtles that inhabit US waters are currently listed under the Endangered...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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