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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,...

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...

Flipperbot Helps Researchers Understand Turtle Locomotion
2013-04-24 08:33:07

Watch the video "Using Robots to Reveal Walking Secrets of Baby Sea Turtles" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In recent years, robotics engineers have increasingly looked to nature for inspiration. Now, a trio of American scientists has developed a sea turtle-like robot to help them learn about the mechanics behind walking on sand-like surfaces. Named “Flipperbot,” the robot was described recently in the journal“¯Bioinspiration and...

2013-04-08 23:04:03

Five sea turtles join 47 others for big release in Jacksonville, Florida Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) April 08, 2013 A caravan of sea turtles made its way down the east coast this weekend. In all, 52 sea turtles were released as part of the Sea Turtle Trek that started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and ended in Jacksonville, Florida. The South Carolina Aquarium was able to get 5 sea turtles on that caravan. Four were rehabilitated in the Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program and the fifth was...

The Turtle That Never Was
2013-04-07 07:11:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden have discovered that a freshwater turtle species declared extinct has not died out as experts had previously believed — in truth, it never existed. The Seychelles mud turtle Pelusios seychellensis was originally described in 1906 as a species endemic to Mahe island, but despite an exhaustive search by scientists, living members of the species had not been...

Indonesia Confiscates Pig-Nosed Turtles, Hunts For Smugglers
2013-04-02 15:27:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A recent flight from Papua New Guinea to Hong Kong was found to have had some surprising passengers during a layover in Indonesia. According to officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, an outgoing flight contained 687 baby pig-nosed turtles which were reportedly set to be smuggled into Hong Kong. It is estimated these turtles could have netted their smuggler an estimated $13,000. The Jakarta Natural...

Unraveling The Bizarre Features Of The Turtle Genome
2013-03-28 07:05:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is one of the most widespread species of turtle in North America. This creature is found in fresh, slow-moving waters from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And because this species has been widely studied, it only makes sense for researchers to sequence its genome, and that they´ve done. Publishing the work in this week´s Genome...

Leatherback Sea Turtle Refuges Rapidly Vanishing
2013-02-27 10:27:14

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of marine turtle and also the largest living reptile. Known to weigh as much as 2000 pounds and reach up to six feet in length, this gentle giant of the oceans is the subject of a multi-decade study, the results of which  were published yesterday in the journal Ecosphere. Leatherback sea turtles were listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation...


Latest Turtle Reference Libraries

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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