Latest Turtles News

Sea turtles hold strong this summer but danger beckons

Aug. 13, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As the sun rises on sea turtle nests across the Space Coast, biologists see new rays of hope. Many feared for the future of Florida’s three most prominent types of endangered sea turtles — greens, loggers and leatherbacks — but this year evidence...

1st sea turtle nest found on Mississippi beach since 2018

Aug. 07, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — Beach crews have found the first sea turtle nest on the Mississippi mainland in four years. A Harrison County Sand Beach crew that was cleaning up found what appeared to be turtle tracks just east of the Pass Christian Harbor, officials said. ...

Record amount of seaweed is choking shores in the Caribbean

Aug. 03, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Near-record amounts of seaweed are smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados, killing fish and other wildlife, choking tourism and releasing stinky, noxious gases. More than 24 million tons of sargassum blanketed the Atlantic in June,...

Sea turtles crawl to new nesting record on Georgia coast

Aug. 03, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles that spend summers laying eggs on Southern beaches have crawled to a new state record in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that more than 3,960 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted since May along the...

World's toughest turtle? Survivor among 8 returned to ocean

Aug. 02, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — If what doesn't kill you truly makes you stronger, then Titan is the strongest turtle in the ocean. The juvenile Loggerhead turtle has been gashed by a boat propeller, had part of his front flipper bitten off by a shark, and was being attacked by a...

Ocean City considers turning down lights to help sea turtles

Jul. 23, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Sometimes the bright lights of Ocean City are more than they seem, especially if the light pollution they produce impact sea life. Developments like the Cambria Hotel near the Route 50 bridge have drawn the ire of local residents for their use of LED lights...

Sea turtle released in Florida to compete in Tour de Turtles

Jul. 19, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A juvenile green sea turtle that underwent multiple surgeries to remove cauliflower-like tumors was released last week off the Florida Keys with a satellite-tracking transmitter. “Tortie” was treated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being rescued...

Hawaii national park gets land where ancient villages stood

Jul. 12, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was given new land on Tuesday in a deal that will protect and manage a pristine white sand beach and ocean bay area that is home to endangered and endemic species and to rare, culturally significant Native Hawaiian artifacts. ...

Rescued sea turtles in Israel released back to the wild

Jul. 08, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

MICHMORET, Israel (AP) — Over a dozen endangered sea turtles that were rescued after suffering major injuries in the Mediterranean scuttled their way over a beach in Israel on Friday after months of medical care. The 15 loggerhead sea turtles and two green sea turtles were...

10 rescued sea turtles released off of Cape Cod

Jul. 03, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Ten sea turtles rescued from cold waters last year have been returned to the deep. The New England Aquarium says the marine reptiles were released on Cape Cod last week. The 10 turtles were found on New England beaches in November and December after almost...