Latest Turtles News

81 sea turtle nests on Hatteras seashore; up from 2021

Jun. 17, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — There are more sea turtle nests on a portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks this season than at the same time last year, officials said Friday in observing World Sea Turtle Day. An update from Cape Hatteras National Seashore says there have been 81 nests laid...

Happy together: Orphaned turtles and kids who set them free

Jun. 08, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — The circle of life was on vivid display Wednesday at the Jersey Shore in a way that even the youngest children could understand. Seventeen young turtles that had been raised from eggs retrieved from the smashed bodies of mothers killed on roads were...

Sea turtle delivers eggs, endures surgery after shark attack

Jun. 02, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A loggerhead turtle whose left fin was destroyed in a shark attack is rehabbing at Zoo Miami's new Sea Turtle Hospital, where veterinarians were able to save more than 100 of her eggs after she was rescued. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sent the...

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...