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Image 1 - Researchers Identify Sea Turtle 'Hitchhikers'
2011-11-09 04:18:20

"It is strange to think of a sea turtle as an ecosystem," says Amanda Feuerstein, program coordinator and research assistant at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, "but they are“¦they have all of these other animals living on their skin and shells." Feuerstein is co-author of a recent survey documenting the crustaceans, mollusks, algae and other marine organisms that make a home on the bodies Olive Ridley and green sea turtles living in the Pacific. For...

Scientists Study Olive Ridley Turtle Nesting Habits
2011-10-19 13:42:57

Ecologists are a step closer to understanding one of nature's most extraordinary sights — the 'arribada' or synchronized mass nesting of female olive ridley sea turtles. The new study, published October 18 in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, is the first to combine three different approaches — genetics, demography and behavior, and the results should help conserve these vulnerable marine creatures. The study, lead by Virginie Plot of the National...

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2011-05-13 09:28:20

Olive ridley sea turtles nest in Gabon but spend most of their time in waters off Republic of Congo Satellite tracking of olive ridley sea turtles off the coast of Central Africa has revealed that existing protected areas may be inadequate to safeguard turtles from fishing nets, according to scientists with the University of California-Santa Cruz, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter, and others. Scientists involved in the study recommended the extension of an...

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...

2008-07-28 00:00:00

ACAPULCO, Mexico - Environmental officials in Mexico said dozens of dead sea turtles apparently killed in fishing nets have washed up on beaches in recent days. Authorities said 59 Olive Ridley turtles have been found on beaches in and around the resort of Acapulco. Environmental-protection Officer Manuel de Jesus Solis said his agency found 12 dead turtles bearing marks apparently caused by fishing nets. It was unclear which fishing boats were involved. Victor Berdejo said another 47 dead...

2007-09-07 16:13:52

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A U.S. study focusing on global sea turtle populations has found that half a dozen species are still endangered or threatened despite promising increases in the number of adult females and nests, U.S. wildlife officials said Thursday. Officials with two U.S. federal agencies recently completed the five-year study after analyzing population trends, habitat conditions and conservation measures in the Caribbean and around the world. The leatherback, hawksbill and...

2006-01-16 20:11:23

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) - More than 100 rare sea turtles have washed up dead on Pacific beaches in El Salvador this month, and scientists said on Monday they were struggling for an explanation. A total of 119 dead turtles have been found at different points along El Salvador's coast since the start of the year. The turtles belong to the Olive Ridley, Hawksbill and Green turtle species. "The final cause is still unknown," said Claudia Vega, a veterinarian with the El...

2005-10-26 01:44:51

By Catherine Bremer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - About 13 million endangered Olive Ridley turtles have hatched on Mexico's Pacific beaches and scuttled safely into the sea so far this year, protected from poachers by armed guards deployed by the government, environmentalists said on Tuesday. While only 13,000 of those will live to adulthood and breed, biologists say the numbers are on par with 2004 and show they are winning the battle in Mexico, where men gulp down raw turtle eggs with...

2005-09-05 14:19:05

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand. Mexico's environmental protection agency Profepa said on Monday that the turtles had arrived in the 72 hours to Sunday at Escobilla beach in Oaxaca state, a major nesting ground on the Pacific coast that is also a hunting field for poachers who...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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