Stories tagged sea turtles

It's World Turtle Day!

by Anonymous on May. 23rd, 2014

Green sea turtles on Hawaii's Black Sand Beach
Green sea turtles on Hawaii's Black Sand BeachCourtesy Mark Ryan
I almost missed it but today, May 23, 2014, is indeed World Turtle Day, a day to celebrate all our shelled reptilian friends, who, by the way, have evolved a pretty successful survival strategy. Yay!

It's a little on the long side, but the video below shows amazing footage of a sea turtle hunting down a tasty snack. The camera work is with the same technology – the Critter Cam – that's given us awesome views of penguins, falcons and other predators at work.

Here's a charming story about sea turtles and a restaurant in Rome. If he were still alive, I think Rodney Dangefield could make some pretty good jokes out of this material.

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2008

Return of the native: For the first time since the 1930s, a leatherback sea turtle has nested on Padre Island, Texas.
Return of the native: For the first time since the 1930s, a leatherback sea turtle has nested on Padre Island, Texas.Courtesy NOAA

For the first time in 70 years, biologists have confirmed that a leatherback sea turtle has nested in Texas. Though they did not see the animal itself, the researchers found its unmistakable tracks and a freshly-dug nest.

The leatherback, the largest reptile in the world, is endangered worldwide. Many drown when caught in fishermen’s nets. Poachers steal their eggs. Development encroaches on the sandy beaches the turtles need for their nests. The return of at least one turtle to Padre Island, Texas is hopeful sign that the species may be making a slow comeback.

You can learn more about leatherbacks turtles here and here.

Not the same turtle: But I only count one flipper.
Not the same turtle: But I only count one flipper.Courtesy jurvetson
This green sea turtle was found by tourists after having lost all but one of her flippers. With the help of the nonprofit group Sea Turtle Inc. she was able to survive, and her wounds were healed. Unfortunately, with just one flipper, the turtle can only swim in counterclockwise circles, and has to push herself off the floor of her pool with her head in order to surface for air. That's mostly sad.

She does, however, have a little stump left where one of her flippers were, for which her caregivers hope to construct the first prosthetic sea turtle limb ever (probably.)

A prosthetic turtle flipper. All right.