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Hybrid turtle possible first in Australia 12 April 2016

Photo: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium A turtle rescued from a Queensland port with both hawksbill and green turtle features is suspected to be the first hybrid of its kind observed in Australia. The unusual turtle was rescued by concerned onlookers and taken to Reef HQ Aquarium’s turtle hospital on the Great Barrier Reef after it was seen lingering in the Townsville Port following entanglement in a crab pot.
On closer inspection, several features were observed that were not consistent with either a hawksbill or green turtle; instead this rare animal appeared to have traits of both. More »

 

Massive effort to conserve Olive Ridleys 10 April 2016

Photo c/o The Hindu Wildlife authorities in Andhra Pradesh have launched a massive exercise to conserve Olive Ridley turtles in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS). An unprecedented number of over 10,500 eggs have been collected since early March. They are being conserved in the rookeries set up within the KWS limits. Members of the Yanadi tribe are directly involved in the conservation bid, having been given the task of collecting the eggs on the beach and maintaining the rookeries. More »

 

Indonesian marine police seize dozens of sea turtles from illegal poachers 8 April 2016

Photo c/o Agencia EFE website: www,efe.com As reported in the Latin American Herald Tribune, dozens of sea turtles were seized by Indonesian naval police during a raid on a vessel operated by illegal poachers in waters near the tourist island of Bali.

The marine police found the 45 sea turtles stacked on board the rogue ship during a vessel inspection, and suspect that the endangered reptiles were snatched from their natural ocean habitat in Madura, near the coast of East Java. More »

 

Important and Overlooked: Protecting Open Water 6 April 2016

Image c/o National Geographic National Geographic reports on a new mapping application developed by NOAA, known as TurtleWatch, which aims to protect marine turtles even when they are migrating on the high seas. Loggerheads pass through a hazard zone near Hawaii, where they risk entanglement in longlines. These turtles prefer water temperatures below 65.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Using satellites, NOAA scientists track temperatures in the North Pacific, and update a map every three days. By reading the map, fishermen can avoid loggerheads, even outside of marine reserves. More »

 

Unplanned Casuarina a major hindrance to Olive Ridley nesting 5 April 2016

Photo c/o The Hindu Bivash Pandav of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is critical of the Casuarina plantations being taken up with government support on the coast of Orissa, near the mouth of the Devi River. Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Pandav said Casuarina plantations meant to reduce coastal erosion have been established too close to high tide line. “This will reduce the width of the mass nesting beach for the Olive Ridleys in the near future. Large scale Casuarina plantation too near the sea also affects the scope of sand dune formation and shifting ... and hampers the dynamics of beach formation and coastal environment, which are sensed by the Olive Ridleys”, according to Dr. Pandav. More »

 

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