Sunday, October 15, 2017

Western Australia Flatback

Each year from November to January, Australian Flatback turtles return to Eco Beach in The Kimberley in Western Australia, where they were born to lay multiple clutches of eggs. Some turtles nest here every twelve months while others come every second year or third year.

The flatback is one of seven species of sea turtles in the world that only nests in Australia.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's Fresh! The Brown Roof Turtle

Freshwater turtles, such as the Brown-Roofed Turtle, support livelihood of millions of fishermen by feeding upon diseased fish and should, therefore, be protected.

PHOTO CREDIT: Franck Bonin

To learn more about freshwater turtles, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Cousin: The Diamondback Terrapin

Can this guy get any more handsome? Look at his markings!

The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) was once almost pushed to extinction due to a fashion among some members of American society for turtle meat, a trend that thankfully died out before this terrapin did.

The diamondback terrapin has an oblong upper shell (carapace) that is grey, light brown or black and patterned with concentric diamond-shapes. The shell on the underside of the terrapin (the plastron) can range in colour from yellowish to green or black, and may be decorated with bold, dark markings.

The grey or black skin of the limbs and head bears dark flecks and spots, the head is short and flat, and the prominent eyes are black. The large, webbed feet are adapted for swimming, but also bear strong claws that allow the terrapin to clamber up out of the water. Female diamondback terrapins are larger than the males, and have a broader head and shorter tail. Juveniles are patterned much like adults but usually brighter and have rounder shells.

The diamondback terrapin is native to the United States, where it occurs along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Cape Cod to Texas. The diamondback terrapin inhabits the brackish waters of coastal marshes, tidal flats, coves, estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lonesome George

This incredible creature was the last surviving member of the Pinta Island
tortoise sub-species when he died in 2012 at around 100 years old.
You can visit him can see him in taxidermied form at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Read more about Lonesome George at Smithsonian mag

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hatchery at Melina Beach

Melina Beach Turtle Hatchery video, made in conjunction with Ecofieldtrips, featuring footage of adult turtles from dive trips on Tioman Island with Ecofieldtrips.