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Police: Woman jabbed at Florida sea turtle nest with stick

Jun. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been accused of disturbing a sea turtle nest in Florida. Miami Beach police officers on Saturday arrested 41-year-old Yaqun Lu. She is facing a felony charge of molesting marine turtles or eggs. An arrest report says officers witnessed Lu using a wooden stick to jab at...

Sea turtles nest at record pace along Georgia coast

Jun. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The number of sea turtle nests along the Georgia coast is on pace to set a record this year. Kris Williams is director of Caretta Research Project, a sea turtle conservation organization. She told the Savannah Morning News that beach patrols along the Georgia coast between Tybee and...

Man charged with animal cruelty after turtle killed in video

Jun. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is charged with felony animal cruelty after police were alerted to a video showing him killing a turtle by kicking and jumping on it. Greenville police said they were notified via their Facebook page about an online video that allegedly showed a man killing a...

Texas coastal flooding strands about 100 endangered turtles

Jun. 3, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — High tides and flooding associated with May storms that buffeted parts of Texas caused the stranding of about 100 young sea turtles along part of the Gulf coast, experts say. Jesse Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, said Monday that...

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

May. 23, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of...

Michigan utility releases 12 juvenile turtles into habitat

May. 20, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A dozen juvenile turtles have been released into a habitat created for them by employees of a Michigan utility. Jackson-based Consumers Energy says the Blanding's turtles were placed Thursday in the Saginaw area. Two adult turtles were found last year along the path of the utility's...

Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River

May. 9, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. "It's an unprecedented amount of water that's coming down," David Ramirez, chief of water management for the Corps' New...

Shell shock: Turtle flies into car windshield on SC highway

May. 3, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina driver got a case of shell shock after a turtle flying through the air on a busy highway shattered his windshield. John Gardner said the rear tire on a truck near him hit the turtle Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 501 near Conway and flung the reptile into his...

Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season begins on Georgia coast

Apr. 26, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs along the Georgia coast. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the first loggerhead nest of the 2019 season was discovered Friday on Cumberland Island. Typically, the season runs from May through August in Georgia and the...