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Two Mojave desert tortoises hide from the desert heat under a rock ledge in Red Cliffs Desert Reserve on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Utah. Biologists in southern Utah are surveying the damage left by a wildfire that scorched large swaths of land set aside for a rare tortoise habitat in southern Utah. (Joan Meiners/The Spectrum via AP)

Biologists survey wildfire destruction on tortoise habitat

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — After the Turkey Farm Road Fire fried nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George, Utah, in mid-July, including large swaths of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area that was set aside in 2009 as habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, biologists worried what they would...

Shedd hosts turtle hatchlings set for DuPage County release

Sep. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 20 endangered Blanding's turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The forest preserve district's head-start program aims to...

351 sea turtles found dead on coast where 137 sea lions died

Sep. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups said Friday that a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year on the same stretch of Baja California coast where authorities found 137 dead, beached sea lions last week. The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Center for...

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Sep. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. She was tossed about in the surf in Cape May, weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. She also was laden with parasites and covered with 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of...

Two gopher tortoises roam around their habitat at the Head Start gopher tortoise hatchery at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Cam Bonelli/Hattiesburg American via AP)

Threatened tortoises released into the wild in Mississippi

Sep. 13, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

Scientists raising threatened tortoises at a Mississippi National Guard camp to give them a head start in the wild are trying something new — raising a few to sexual maturity and then releasing them. The Nature Conservancy and the National Guard released their first seven adult-sized gopher tortoises...

South Carolina beach town to consider sea turtle protection

Sep. 10, 2020 4:44 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Officials in a South Carolina island town are proposing an ordinance that would ban beachside homes from disturbing sea turtles by casting light from their properties onto the beach. The Hilton Head Island Town Council is set to consider the proposal next month, The Post...

Oahu beach has first Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings

Aug. 31, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings appeared for the first time on an Oahu beach owned by the U.S. military, which wildlife experts believe may be partly a result of the coronavirus. Experts said there have never before been hatched eggs from the threatened turtle species on U.S. Marine...

In this photo provided by the Greek National Defense Ministry, a Greek air force jet takes part in a Greek-US military exercise south of the island of Crete, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Greece began a military exercise involving its navy and air force in the Mediterranean southeast of Crete and south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo, near an area where Turkey has sent research vessel Oruc Reis, accompanied by warships, to survey the seabed for gas and oil deposits. (Greek National Defense via AP)

German FM warns of 'abyss,' calls for Greek-Turkish talks

Aug. 25, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas appealed to NATO allies Greece and Turkey on Tuesday to enter a dialogue and de-escalate military tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, warning of an “abyss” if their dispute is not resolved peacefully. But rhetoric remained high, with...

74 days, less than 1 mile later, Tennessee turtle recovered

Aug. 24, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A 150-pound (68-kilogram) tortoise who escaped from a Tennessee home has been returned after 74 days, managing to make it less than a mile during his slow and steady journey. Though the African Sulcata Tortoise named Soloman crawled away from his Ashland City enclosure more than...

California takes step to protect leatherback sea turtles

Aug. 19, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California took a step Wednesday toward placing Pacific leatherback sea turtles under state protection as the species faces potential extinction from human-caused problems. The state Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 for the species to become a candidate for threatened or...