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Sea Turtle Returned To Gulf Of Mexico After 3-Year Journey
2011-12-28 09:54:20

After a three-year rehabilitation in Portugal, a juvenile endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nicknamed Johnny Vasco de Gama was returned to familiar waters in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Stephanie Pappas for LiveScience. Johnny is believed to have beeen caught in cold currents in 2008 and was “cold-stunned,” a condition that shuts down internal organs and can kill sea turtles. The sea turtle was found by staff members of the Rotterdam Zoo, along the Netherlands coast, 4,600...

Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Down, But Still Too High
2011-09-15 04:48:28

  Some 4,600 sea turtles are accidentally caught and killed in U.S. fisheries every year, a 94 percent reduction since 1990, according to a new study published this month in the journal Biological Conservation. However, the progress may not be enough to sustain turtle populations, according to researchers at Duke University's Project Global and Conservation International, who conducted the study. The use of turtle-excluder devices (TEDs), or large holes that allow the sea...

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2010-07-28 11:45:00

A battle is underway in the Gulf of Mexico to save endangered sea turtles from the BP oil disaster. Jane Lubchenco, head of the U.S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told AFP news that about 180 turtles had been rescued so far and 170 were still in rehabilitation. "NOAA sea turtle experts are vital members of the incident command's wildlife branch which has deployed five turtle rescue boats whose crews search for oiled turtles," she said. Lubchenco's...

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2010-07-15 06:45:00

NASA's Kennedy Space Center is helping with the unprecedented effort to save wildlife from the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The first group of hatchlings from endangered sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast was released into the Atlantic Ocean off Kennedy's central Florida coast on July 11. Twenty-two Kemp's ridley turtles were set free on a Kennedy Space Center beach, which is part of the Canaveral National Seashore....

2010-07-14 17:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center is helping with the unprecedented effort to save wildlife from the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The first group of hatchlings from endangered sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast was released into the...

2010-06-30 09:15:00

NEW ORLEANS, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and other animal protection and conservation organizations have filed suit in federal court today against British Petroleum America, Inc., British Petroleum Exploration & Production and British Petroleum PLC ("BP") for burning critically endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws. "It is horrifying that these innocent creatures whose...

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2010-04-30 11:00:00

An unusually high number of endangered sea turtles have died along the Gulf Coast of Texas this month, and researchers are struggling to try and find out why, according to a Friday article by Associated Press (AP) Writer Ramit Plushnick-masti. According to Plushnick-masti's report, researchers have found 32 dead turtles and three live ones stranded near Galveston and Houston, including 33 endangered Kemp's ridleys. That is double what scientists normally see during this time of the year, as...

2008-10-21 15:00:16

Genetic tests conducted by U.S. and Australian scientists have found all sea turtles are related, even carnivorous and herbivorous turtles. The new genetic research was led by Eugenia Naro-Maciel, a marine biodiversity scientist at the American Museum of Natural History. Naro-Maciel and colleagues used five nuclear DNA markers and two mitochondrial markers to test the evolutionary relationships of all species of marine turtles -- leatherback, flatback, green, hawksbill, loggerhead, Kemp's...

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2008-10-16 09:55:00

New research from the American Museum of Natural History shows that specialized diets arose independently It's confirmed: Even though flatback turtles dine on fish, shrimp, and mollusks, they are closely related to primarily herbivorous green sea turtles. New genetic research carried out by Eugenia Naro-Maciel, a Marine Biodiversity Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues clarifies our understanding of the...

2008-08-27 09:00:49

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot cape charles Snap, Crackle and Pop left Virginia with a bang on Tuesday. The three endangered sea turtles, rescued earlier this summer from a New Jersey nuclear power plant, drew throngs of Eastern Shore residents and tourists to a public beach in this town on the Chesapeake Bay. There, just after 11 a.m., handlers from Virginia Beach carried the three platter-size juveniles about 50 feet from shore and, to loud applause,...


Latest Kemp's Ridley Reference Libraries

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2007-03-19 15:30:49

Kemp's Ridley, Lepiochelys kempii, is a critically endangered species of sea turtle. Their range includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They are also the only turtle which almost all the females return to one single beach (Rancho Nuevo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas) every single year to lay their eggs. They are the smallest of the sea turtle species, growing less than 40 inches and weighing about 100 pounds as an adult. Kemp's Ridley sea turtle changes color with its...

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2006-12-26 15:36:04

The Leatherback Sea Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the biggest of all living turtles. It reaches a length of over 8.8 feet and a weight of 2,000 pounds. It is the world's 4th largest reptile. It is found in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the only extant species in the genre Dermochelys and the family Dermochelyidae. This species has many unique features that distinguish it greatly from other sea turtles. Its shell lacks the bony scales of other turtles, comprising mainly of...

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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'