Sunday, June 26, 2016

Join ABV's Turtle Conservation Project!

Consider spending a few weeks participating in A Broader View's "Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program" in spectacular Costa Rica. Experience not required and open to all age groups.  Click here for more details and to sign up!

Learn more about A Broader View's great volunteer programs here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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 they can be found 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.

The Diamondback terrapin is believed to be the only turtle in the world that lives exclusively in brackish water (containing some salt, but not as much as ocean water), habitats like tidal marshes, estuaries and lagoons. Most terrapins hibernate during the winter by burrowing into the mud of marshes.

Although not endangered, declines in population are a result of drowning in commercial crab pots and is the major threat to the Diamondback terrapin, while coastal development interrupts nesting beaches.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Welcome to Our World, little fella!

Look at this adorable little turtle baby! Now for a good stretch into your new world!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sins of Summer

Humans, as you make your way to the beach this summer, please remember what your garbage left behind can do to wildlife in the area.

Please don't let this happen. Remember this image next time you encounter a plastic
6-pack beverage holder. Be sure to dispose by cutting into pieces or recycling.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Beaver Lake, Florida Turtle Hangout

Looks like a few healthy Red-Eared Sliders just chillin' in Beaver Lake