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Sea turtles busy nesting on beaches in Georgia, S. Carolina

May. 15, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are busy digging nests and laying eggs on beaches in Georgia and South Carolina. Wildlife officials in both states have reported finding dozens of nests since May 1, considered the unofficial start of the sea turtle nesting season....

NC beach attraction that rescues sea creatures coming inland

May. 09, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new attraction in the Charlotte region will bring a popular North Carolina coastal attraction inland. Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City is partnering with Sea Life Charlotte-Concord aquarium to open a Creature Rescue...

CEO of Florida's Loggerhead Marinelife Center resigns

May. 04, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The director of a nonprofit research and environmental center in Florida has resigned amid continuing water-quality issues in sea turtle rehabilitation tanks and an exodus of staff. Kyle Van Houtan stepped down Tuesday, less than a year after becoming CEO of...

SC wildlife officials find first sea turtle nest of season

May. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — State wildlife officials in South Carolina are reporting the discovery of the season’s first sea turtle nest. Monday's discovery comes one day after the official start of the 2022 turtle nesting season. The South Carolina Department of...

Inside turtle center's water quality, staffing issues

May. 01, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The only sea turtles that visitors to Loggerhead Marinelife Center will see right now are those whose images are printed on T-shirts in the gift shop. The big turtle tanks at the center on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach have been empty since early April because...

Developer studying the potential for wind farm near Tucson

Apr. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A developer is exploring the potential for what would be Arizona’s biggest wind farm on an expanse of high desert in Pinal County about 30 miles north of Tucson. But the company’s plan to erect up to 83 wind turbines at the site known as Oak Wells has...

Healed sea turtle released to mark Earth Day in Florida Keys

Apr. 22, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rehabilitated green sea turtle was released back to the ocean in the Florida Keys on Friday to mark Earth Day. Several hundred onlookers watched on Marathon’s Sombrero Beach as staff from the Keys-based Turtle Hospital released “TJ Sharp,” a 65-pound...

'Lizard King' gets 7 months for trafficking Florida turtles

Apr. 20, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison followed by a year of home confinement for his part in a scheme to smuggle illegally harvested Florida turtles to China, Japan and other places. Michael Van Nostrand, 55, of Davie, was sentenced Tuesday...

Woman arrested after pet remains found in vacant mobile home

Apr. 19, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A woman faces animal cruelty charges after the remains of a cat, rabbit, bird and two turtles were found in her abandoned mobile home near Valparaiso. The woman was arrested Monday after the bodies of the animals were found March 17, The (Northwest Indiana)...

Georgia vets return sea turtles to ocean after long recovery

Apr. 16, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A pair of rare sea turtles have returned to the ocean after veterinarians spent nearly a year nursing them back to health on the Georgia coast. The adult female loggerhead turtles were released into the surf Friday on the beach at Jekyll Island. Both had...