|This sea turtle has a fishing hook lodged in its esophagus, rescued by the Sea Turtle Hospital |
in Topsail Island, North Carolina. (Photo: Oceana / Cory Wilson)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Keep your local beaches and waterways free of trash! Plastic bags are a particular threat, since sea turtles can mistake them for jellyfish — one of their main prey sources — causing them to starve or die. Additionally, turtles can choke or become entangled in fishing gear like nets and hooks, as sadly pictured here.
Monday, May 23, 2016
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Folks, I have a new home in this scenic koi pond and also a new lady friend, Maxine! You heard that right! We spent the winter together in our new magical, outdoor space and now can't wait for the summer season to begin!
|Maxine (top) and Henry (bottom)|
Thursday, April 28, 2016
This critically endangered but beautiful freshwater turtle can be found in South Asia, although only a few hundred remain. The turtles like to bask in the sun on land. In the breeding season, the heads and necks of male turtles exhibit bright red, yellow and blue coloring. The females excavate nests in which they lay clutches of up to thirty eggs.
Historically, this turtle was found in central Nepal, northeastern India, Bangladesh and probably Burma, but it has suffered declines in population due to being harvested for meat and shells, drowned in fishing nets, water pollution, hydro-electric schemes and habitat loss. Fewer than four hundred adult females are thought to remain in the wild, with the International Union for Conservation of Nature rating this turtle as being "critically endangered." India has put conservation measures in place, and a captive breeding program has been initiated.
The large Batagur turtles are probably the most threatened freshwater turtles in India. Their populations have now been drastically reduced due to poaching for their meat and shells, accidental drowning in fishing gear, water pollution, hydroelectric infrastructure projects, habitat destruction by sand mining, and egg predation by jackals.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Sierra Club has awarded Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for his years of work protecting Puerto Rico's most vulnerable coastal ecosystems, particularly leatherback sea turtle nesting beaches. Nice job, Luis!
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