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Loggerhead Turtles Use Visual Cues To Spot Gelatinous Prey
2013-06-13 10:03:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American and Japanese researchers suggests that loggerhead turtles rely heavily on visual cues to spot gelatinous prey as they swim through the ocean. Using National Geographic Crittercams, which were mounted on the turtles, the researchers were able to watch video captured from just behind the turtle´s head that showed the animals heading for or turning toward potential prey before devouring it....

Why Do Loggerhead Females Return To Their Place Of Birth To Mate
2013-05-31 05:48:50

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research is shedding light on why female loggerhead sea turtles return to their place of birth to mate, while males jump to different locations. Scientists at the GEOMar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany used molecular tools to research turtle migratory patterns around the Cape Verde islands to find out why female turtles return home. The reason that female loggerhead sea turtles return to their place of...

Turtles Began Living in Shells Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-05-30 16:35:52

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While there are several species that have shells, the turtle is the only animal to form such a shell on the outside of its body through a fusion of modified ribs, vertebrae and shoulder girdle bone. This makes the turtle´s shell a unique modification, one that has fascinated and confounded biologists for more than two centuries. How and when it originated has remained mostly conjecture. However, a team of researchers led...

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...

2013-05-15 23:01:49

Join the South Carolina Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program to bid farewell to three turtles. Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) May 15, 2013 May 23rd is the big day! Three sea turtles rehabilitated at the Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program will be released back into the Atlantic Ocean. The sea turtles being released suffered from a variety of injuries including entanglement and cold stunning. Join us on at the Isle of Palms County Park at 4:00 p.m. for the first release of the season,...

2013-05-09 23:35:59

Large Loggerhead Buxton fully recovers at the South Carolina Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Hospital CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) May 08, 2013 After almost five months of expert care, a 75-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is once again swimming in the Atlantic ocean. Buxton was brought to the South Carolina Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program in January of this year along with two other loggerheads found on the coast of North Carolina. More on Buxton: Buxton, a 75-pound juvenile...

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...

Genome Study Of Two Turtle Species Sheds Light On Evolution Of Shell
2013-04-29 11:29:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With their unique outer shell and sharp beak, turtles and their evolutionary history have long been a mystery to biologists. A Nature Genetics report on the newly sequenced genomes of the soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle shows that the iconic reptiles have a common ancestor with crocodilians and birds — diverging from these groups between 270 and 240 million years ago. "The genome-wide phylogenetic analysis of two...


Latest Sea turtles 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 15:46:18

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, is the only member of the genus Caretta. It is prevalent in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There is a subspecies that is also found in the Greek Islands and in the waters off southwestern Turkey. Loggerheads live most of their lives in open water. They may be found along the ocean floor or near the shore where they mainly forage. The adult loggerhead can weigh as much as 200 pounds and can reach close to 40 inches in length. Most loggerheads...

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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 15:45:52

The Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas, is a large sea turtle. Its distribution extends throughout tropical, subtropical and some warmer temperate waters. In the Atlantic, they are found off the coast of Florida and around the U.S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. In the Pacific, they are found from the Hawaiian Islands all the way to Midway. Other subspecies of the Green Sea turtle extend all over southern climatic waters. The Green Sea Turtle grows to 39 to 59 inches in length, and can...

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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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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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