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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...

Freeing Loggerhead Turtles Comes At A Price
2012-04-20 08:56:30

When loggerhead turtles are accidentally captured by humans, a recovery process follows, the complexity of which varies according to the turtle's injuries. Spanish researchers have analyzed the process of reintegrating these animals into the environment and they have discovered that there are changes in the behavior of the turtles that have a complicated recovery process. The study, which has been published in Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, involved placing...

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...

2012-03-20 02:21:29

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Vidanta, Mexico's leading developer of luxury resorts, golf courses and real estate, today announced its participation in an event designed to aid in the conservation of endangered sea turtle species. The event, sponsored by Grupo Vidanta through the Sea Turtle Conservancy, will take place from June 21st through June 24th, 2012, at Riviera Maya, Mexico. A team from the Sea Turtle Conservancy will arrive at Riviera Maya during this...

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...

2012-02-22 09:00:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Rainbow Light extends its commitment to environmental stewardship into ocean conservation through a partnership with Plant A Fish®. Globally, sea turtles are highly endangered with populations less than 10 percent of their original numbers, but thanks to the efforts of conservationists, some species of sea turtles that were thought to be functionally extinct are showing some signs of coming back. Rainbow Light has partnered with...

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' Mating Habits Protect Against Effects Of Climate Change
2012-01-26 04:48:31

The mating habits of marine turtle may help to protect them against the effects of climate change, according to new research led by the University of Exeter. Published Jan 25 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study shows how the mating patterns of a population of endangered green turtles may be helping them deal with the fact that global warming is leading to a disproportionate number of females being born. The gender of baby turtles is determined by the temperature of...


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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