Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our Amazing Underwater World

Sent to Nat Geo by a fan:
An amazing National Geographic image

There seems to be two separate universes on this planet, and this one lies beneath.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meet Tizzy

In support of "banning the bag" (plastic bags) on California beaches, University of California students have taken inflatable Tizzy on the road to promote eliminating beach pollution.

Read more about UC's anti-pollution program here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Turtle Foundation

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Visit the Turtle Foundation website
The Turtle Foundation was founded by a small group of dedicated private individuals with the common aim of preventing endangered sea turtles from becoming extinct.

We are an international charitable organization. We are a dedicated volunteer effort and currently are operating our own important protection projects in Cape Verde and in Indonesia.

OUR VISION: A future where sea turtles and their habitats are sustainably protected, healthy, and safe from threat of extinction and destruction.

OUR MISSION: To contribute to sea turtle conservation at our own project sites by cooperating with local communities to create a future where both sea turtles and people can thrive.

The Turtle Foundation is represented in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Cape Verde. In all these countries, the Turtle Foundation is a tax exempt and non-profit organization. Donations to Turtle Foundation are tax deductible in accordance with the law of the country concerned.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How Turtle Shells Evolved

The hard structures started forming before the long reign of the dinosaurs, and they did so for a specific purpose. Click hear to read this interesting story at The Atlantic.

Thursday, January 12, 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.