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South Carolina sees record number of sea turtle hatchlings

Nov. 18, 2019 6:52 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina says more than half a million loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings have made it to the sea during a record-breaking year, despite losses during Hurricane Dorian. The Post and Courier reports that preliminary data from the state Natural Resources Department counts about...

Cold snap kicks off stranding season for sea turtles

Nov. 14, 2019 3:29 PM EST

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Several sea turtles have washed ashore along Cape Cod Bay since frigid temperatures hit the area. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says 18 sea turtles have washed ashore, mostly in Eastham, and hundreds more cold-stunned turtles are expected...

144-pound sea turtle hit by boat rescued off Florida coast

Nov. 13, 2019 1:01 PM EST

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 144-pound green sea turtle with a gashed shell has been rescued off the Florida coast. News outlets report the turtle since named Blaze is now being cared for at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach. An Indian River County sheriff’s statement says deputies...

Turtle rescue season starts on Cape Cod beaches

Nov. 11, 2019 2:32 PM EST

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — The season's first cold-stunned sea turtles were rescued from Cape Cod beaches over the weekend. A spokeswoman for Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says juvenile Kemp's ridley turtles were found Saturday at beaches in Brewster and Eastham. A third was found Sunday on...

Man pleads guilty to trafficking Galapagos tortoise

Nov. 9, 2019 3:01 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Nevada man has been sentenced in South Florida to 120 days of home confinement and ordered to pay a $7,000 fine for trafficking an endangered Galapagos tortoise. Court records show that 33-year-old Alan Wheelock was sentenced in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to...

Swastikas found painted on turtles at Renton park

Nov. 8, 2019 7:56 AM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Visitors to a waterfront park in a Seattle suburb have reported seeing two turtles with large white swastikas on their shells. The Seattle Times reports people in Renton's Gene Coulon Park have reported seeing the tagged turtles over the past month. Renton police said earlier this week...

Turtle returned to ocean after recovering from spear attack

Nov. 1, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A federally protected green sea turtle was released in the Florida Keys after recovering from a spear shot into its neck. The 150-pound (68-kilogram) female, dubbed "Splinter," returned to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday at Higgs Beach in Key West. The turtle was rescued off Key Largo...

Fencing along causeway helps endangered Alabama turtle

Oct. 28, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An animal expert says fencing erected by the Alabama Department of Transportation is helping to protect an endangered turtle species. University of South Alabama herpetologist David Nelson tells AL.com the number of Alabama red-bellied turtles killed on the Mobile Bay Causeway dropped...

Rabbit-eared tortoise pleases at Key West Fantasy Fest

Oct. 25, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The often-decadent Fantasy Fest is in full flair this weekend in Key West. At Wednesday evening's family friendly Pet Masquerade, entrants included costumed dogs, cats and a tortoise carrying a plush rabbit themed "The Tortoise and the Hare," drawing inspiration from the fable of the...

Kentucky university students use GPS to track box turtles

Oct. 25, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Some students at one Kentucky university are using GPS devices to track box turtles and learn about the technology's value. Murray State University assistant wildlife biology professor Andrea Darracq says students work in the classroom to build the tracking devices and go into the field...