Latest Turtles News

Sea turtle swims wild after long rehab at 2 aquariums

Jan. 15, 2022 10:23 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — An endangered sea turtle is back in the ocean after more than a year of rehabilitation at aquariums in Boston and Mississippi. The Mississippi Aquarium released the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Typhoon on Thursday into the Mississippi Sound at Biloxi. ...

Gator park among Colorado's most unusual tourist attractions

Jan. 02, 2022 10:16 AM EST

MOSCA, Colo. (AP) — As Jay Young rolls his pants up and wades into the murky pond, Elvis emits a guttural hissing. It sounds like a pressurized water hose cleaning out a barrel. Young taps the 12-foot-long, 600-pound alligator’s snout and the gnarly armored creature lunges...

Wildlife agents find men who dug up sea turtle nests in SC

Dec. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EST

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Three young men on vacation at a South Carolina beach dug up a marked loggerhead turtle nest causing 71 of the 90 eggs not to hatch, wildlife officials said. The men posted video of themselves digging up a nest marked with orange tape and signs on Folly...

Two Delaware high schoolers step into turtle conservation

Dec. 18, 2021 09:11 AM EST

HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) — Two Cape Henlopen High School seniors are sticking their necks out for turtles – and already making strides in conservation and research. Nineteen-year-old Wyatt Keil’s and 18-year-old Jack Thompson’s singular focus at such a young age has helped them...

20 endangered sea turtles flown to Florida to avoid freezing

Dec. 11, 2021 02:12 AM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Twenty critically endangered juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were flown from New England to the subtropical Florida Keys to convalesce at the Marathon Turtle Hospital after being rescued from Cape Cod Bay’s frigid coastal waters. Each of the turtles...

When turtles fly: Cold-stunned animals nursed in Mississippi

Dec. 07, 2021 07:16 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Forty endangered sea turtles that were injured when the water off Massachusetts cooled down so quickly that they couldn't swim away are being nursed back to health at the Mississippi Aquarium, flown there by a volunteer pilot group known as Turtles Fly Too. ...

Invasive tegu lizards survive cold and eat tortoise babies

Dec. 05, 2021 03:14 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Argentine black and white tegu is multiplying and mobilizing in the backwoods and backyards of the Sunshine State — a creature more ominous than pythons because of its cold hardiness and indiscriminate palate. Wildlife officials have...

Cape Cod sea turtle strandings increase after slow start

Nov. 29, 2021 13:50 PM EST

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Sea turtle strandings on Cape Cod are picking up after a slow start to the season, experts at the New England Aquarium said Monday. The aquarium has so far cared for almost 120 of the animals at its Quincy turtle hospital, the vast majority of which...

2021 S.C. sea turtle nest count will exceed 2020 total

Nov. 28, 2021 12:15 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — More loggerhead turtle nests were counted on South Carolina beaches this year than in 2020, according to state Department of Natural Resources data. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports officials counted more than 5,600 sea turtle nests...

Sea turtle at Mississippi Aquarium inspires musical

Nov. 27, 2021 10:30 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A sea turtle at the Mississippi Aquarium has inspired a musical. The green sea turtle Banner was the inspiration behind, “Banner: A Sea Turtle Saga,” an original children’s musical put on by theater students from Mississippi State...