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2013-08-16 23:04:14

Join the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program for a One-of-a-kind Golf Tournament. Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) August 16, 2013 Show off your golf game while supporting a great cause! Join the South Carolina Aquarium for the second annual Tees & Turtles Golf Tournament taking place September 10, 2013 at the Daniel Island Country Club on Daniel Island, S.C. Teams of golfers are invited to come out and play on one of Charleston’s most beautiful courses, the Beresford...

Sea Turtles In The Gulf Face Offshore Risks
2013-07-16 04:32:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the US Geological Survey (USGS) reveals threatened loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico can travel up to several hundred miles and visit offshore habitats between nesting events in a single season. This means the turtles are swimming through waters impacted by oil and fishing industries. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, challenge the widely-held view sea turtles remain near one beach throughout...

2013-06-14 23:03:02

Turtles Flown to the Sunny South over the Winter Now Ready for Release Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 14, 2013 Surely a sight to see! Seven of the most endangered sea turtle species successfully rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program are ready to hit the open ocean once again. The sea turtle release, which is open to the public, is taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18th at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island. The release is being held in...

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...

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...

World Turtle Day
2013-05-23 09:33:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you see a turtle crossing a busy road — pick it up and send it in the direction it was originally going on the other side of the road, advises the advocacy group American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), which is celebrating their 13th“¯annual“¯World Turtle Day“¯2013 today. Picking up the tortoise and turning it around will only cause the slow moving animal to try crossing the road again, according to...

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,...


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Pond Turtle, Emydidae
2014-08-06 11:33:54

Emydidae is a family that contains nearly fifty species of pond turtles, also known as marsh turtles, which can primarily be found in the Western Hemisphere. This family is most closely related to tortoises and shares a few characteristics with them including similar iliums. Most species within this family have an arched carapace, or upper shell, although some have domed shaped shells, and many have one or two ridges on the top of the shell, which is known as a keel. It is common for the top...

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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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2005-06-14 12:43:45

The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) is a larger yet less aggressive relative of the common snapping turtle. It is characterized by a large, heavy head and a thick tail with a dorsal ridge of large scales which gives it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged and it possesses a vermiform appendage on the tip of its tongue with which it lures fish. Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator...

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