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Global Warming Could Wipe Out Endangered Turtle Population
2012-07-02 05:15:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The largest and most critically endangered species of sea turtle could be wiped out by the end of the century due to global climate change, claims a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the study, researchers from Drexel University, Princeton University, and other institutions and government agencies discovered that eastern Pacific populations of these turtles could be affected by warming trends...

Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings Endangered By El Nino Weather Patterns
2012-05-25 13:10:35

Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings, as with other turtle species, face immense danger when emerging from their nests located on the sandy Playa Grande beach in northwest Costa Rica, where nearly forty percent of the nests are burrowed. These dangers include predation by carnivores, egg poaching, and human fishing activities. As if that was not enough, a study conducted at Drexel University provides evidence that El Nino caused by climate change is now a major threat to the already endangered...

2012-05-24 19:12:03

Climate variability associated with El Niño was associated with higher mortality for eggs and hatchlings of the critically endangered leatherback turtle, an effect that could be worsened by continuing global climate change, according to research published May 23 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The El Niño Southern Oscillation brought dryer, warmer conditions to northwest Costa Rica, one of the major nesting sites in the area. The researchers, led by Pilar...

2012-05-17 09:33:35

The movement patterns of critically endangered leatherback turtles vary greatly depending on whether the animals live in the North Atlantic or the Eastern Pacific, with implications for feeding behavior and population recovery, according to research published May 16 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The authors, led by Helen Bailey of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, found that turtles in the Atlantic had two travel modes, low and high speed, associated with...

Scientists Answer Unresolved Questions About Loggerhead Turtle Migrations
2012-05-16 04:18:10

A new study led by Kenneth J. Lohmann, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides insight into exactly how young loggerhead turtles complete a transoceanic migration that involves moving through the entirety of the North Atlantic basin. These turtles promptly leave the safety of their nests in Florida, after emerging from their shells, and once they have completed the migration alone and intact, the loggerhead turtles will arrive in North America's...

Image 1 - Pacific Danger Zones For Critically-endangered Leatherback Turtles
2012-03-02 03:52:07

New analysis could help alter fishing practices to reduce mortality The majestic leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world, growing to more than 6 feet in length. It is also one of the most threatened. A major new study of migration patterns has identified high-use areas–potential danger zones--in the Pacific Ocean for this critically endangered species. This new understanding could help inform decisions about fishing practices to help reduce further deaths of this...

Satellite Reveals Sea Turtle Feeding Hotspots
2012-02-07 05:15:20

Study Offers Clues to Loggerheads' Elusive Habits at Sea Satellite tracking of threatened loggerhead sea turtles has revealed two previously unknown feeding ℠hotspots´ in the Gulf of Mexico that are providing important habitat for at least three separate populations of the turtles, according to a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. The two sites, located in the open waters off the coast of Southwest Florida and the northern tip of the Yucatan...

Turtles Adapt Eggs For Hotter Beaches
2011-09-26 10:52:53

  'Heat-proof' eggs help turtles cope with hot beaches [ Watch the Video ] Sea turtles face an uncertain future as a warming climate threatens to reduce their reproductive viability. However, new research led by the University of Exeter and published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that some turtles are naturally heat-tolerant. The study focused on green turtles nesting on Ascension Island, a UK overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. Scientists...

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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2011-07-29 08:51:55

Endangered leatherback sea turtles migrate and forage across vast areas of the Pacific Ocean and Indo Pacific seas and require greater international collaboration for their protection, according to a recent study conducted by NOAA Fisheries Service and western Pacific research and conservation scientists. The study, published today in the journal Ecosphere, is based on data from 126 leatherbacks tracked by satellite and supports continuing research to improve conservation efforts for this...


Latest Leatherback turtle Reference Libraries

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2007-04-15 20:56:54

The Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The species is distributed throughout all of the world's seas, but the Atlantic and pacific populations are divided into two subspecies. E. I. imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies and E. I. bissa is the Pacific subspecies. The Hawksbill is predominantly known as a tropical sea turtle found in the tropical seas of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. However, they...

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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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