Latest Turtles News

Mac the big snapping turtle dies at Florida's Sunken Gardens

Oct. 20, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mac, an alligator snapping turtle that lived at a botanical garden in Florida for more than 50 years, has died. The turtle died unexpectedly on Monday, according to Dave Biggs, supervisor of Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. ...

3 years after hurricane, regeneration, a possible new beach

Oct. 17, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (AP) — Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction spanning hundreds of miles along the Forgotten Coast, Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point permanently. She’s rebuilt the porch that was ripped from the side of her...

Rescued in Alabama, sea turtle dies at Mississippi Aquarium

Oct. 15, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

A threatened loggerhead sea turtle was found dead Friday at the Mississippi Aquarium, eight days after being accidentally hooked and then rescued at a state park on Alabama's Gulf Coast. The turtle was brought ashore Oct. 7 and taken to the Alabama-Mississippi state line,...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

2-headed baby turtle thrives at Massachusetts animal refuge

Oct. 12, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and kicking — with all six of its legs — at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago. A threatened species in the state, this turtle is feeding well...

'Lizard King' charged with trafficking Florida turtles

Oct. 06, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A convicted wildlife smuggler who still operates as a leading buyer and seller of reptiles has been accused by federal prosecutors of scheming to smuggle illegally harvested Florida turtles to China, Japan and other places. Michael Van Nostrand, his...

AP PHOTOS: In Kenya, ex-accountant now protects sea turtles

Oct. 02, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

WATAMU, Kenya (AP) — As soon as he gets a call from a fisherman who's accidentally caught a turtle off Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline, Local Ocean Conservation’s Fikiri Kiponda jumps into his car to save it. The work is far removed from the 44-year-old’s previous...

Reward offered for turtles stolen from Georgia preserve

Sep. 30, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — An animal rights groups is offering a reward to try to recover five turtles that were stolen from a nature preserve in an Atlanta suburb. The box turtles were taken last week from the Autrey Mill nature preserve in Johns Creek, WSB-TV reports....

UK, France at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing rights

Sep. 29, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Kingdom and France are at loggerheads again over fishing rights in the English Channel, leading Paris to warn about potential retaliatory measures that could impact energy and trade. In the latest post-Brexit dispute between the two countries,...

A shell of a trip: Sea turtle flown from Florida to Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A large loggerhead sea turtle rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital was flown by private plane Sunday to live at a conservation facility in Texas. The 230-pound female turtle took the nearly five-hour flight from the Middle Keys...