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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...

Injured sea turtle's intestinal gas hampered diving

Nov. 26, 2021 10:17 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — An injured sea turtle at the Mississippi Aquarium is getting medicine to reduce intestinal gas because a buildup was keeping her from diving. Banner the green sea turtle was rescued in Florida after being severely injured by a boat propeller....

Feds seek to protect map turtles in 4 Gulf states, Georgia

Nov. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it is proposing threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, seeking to grant added federal protections to an at-risk species found only in Louisiana and Mississippi. “These native...

Man admits illegally shipping turtles and venomous snakes

Nov. 21, 2021 11:24 AM EST

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Florida man has admitted that he illegally shipped turtles and venomous snakes from his home in south Georgia. Ashtyn Michael Rance of Miami on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of wildlife trafficking and one count of possession of a firearm...

Gizmos in a half shell: Surgical tags to monitor sea turtles

Nov. 09, 2021 10:33 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Marine researchers in New England said Tuesday they have collected data from tags that were surgically implanted in sea turtles for the first time. Scientists with the New England Aquarium who performed the work said it could lead to improvements in the...

Feds propose threatened status for alligator snapping turtle

Nov. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles -- huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of lakes and slow waterways, luring prey to their mouths by sticking out a wormlike lure. ...

4 LatAm nations create fishing-free corridor in east Pacific

Nov. 03, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four Latin American countries announced Tuesday that they will expand and unite their marine reserves to create a vast corridor in the Pacific Ocean in hopes of protecting sea turtles, tuna, squid, hammerhead sharks and other species. The new...

Whales off California coast delay commercial crab season

Nov. 02, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The start of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed for some areas of Northern California for the third year in a row to protect whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in trap and buoy lines. The California Department of Fish...

Some Florida beaches see record year for sea turtle nests

Nov. 02, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Biologists were taken by surprise by a record number of leatherback turtle nests found along some South Florida beaches this year. The 79 nests laid by endangered turtles along beaches in Broward County this year is nearly double the...