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Baltimore Aquarium sea turtle 'Calypso' dies suddenly

Feb. 4, 2020 8:10 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials at the National Aquarium in Baltimore are trying to determine why Calypso, a 500-pound (227-kilogram) sea turtle who had been in its care for nearly 20 years, died unexpectedly over the weekend. The National Aquarium announced the female turtle's death in a tweet on Monday....

In this Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows park workers inspecting a tortoise near Wolf Volcano on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The National Park announced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 that an expedition to the foothills of the highest active volcano in the Galapagos Islands located a young female tortoise and she is a direct descendant of a giant tortoise species considered extinct. (Tui De Roy/Galapagos National Park via AP)

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Feb. 1, 2020 12:37 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said Friday that a young...

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tibetan monks visiting the Florida Keys from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India, watch a loggerhead sea turtle named

Tibetan monks help release sea turtle in Florida Keys

Jan. 31, 2020 4:19 AM EST

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Visiting Tibetan monks helped release a rehabilitated sea turtle in the Florida Keys Thursday. Hundreds of spectators witnessed the release of “Drifter,” a 170-pound female adult loggerhead sea turtle that was rehabilitated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after she ...

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

Jan. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. William T. Gangemi, 27, of Freehold, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa after pleading...

Fewer turtles stranded on Maui in 2019 than previous year

Jan. 28, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Fewer sea turtles were found stranded on Maui last year than in 2018, although officials say most cases continue to be caused by fishing gear, officials said. There were 141 documented cases of green sea turtles stranded on Maui last year, down from 174 in 2018, The Maui News...

It's seal season in Delaware. What to do if you see one?

Jan. 25, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LEWES, Del. (AP) — The public needs to keep a safe distance from the seals that will be present along Delaware beaches and other waterways through April, according to the state’s official marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response organization. The MERR Institute recommends that the public...

120 sea turtles 'stunned' during North Carolina cold snap

Jan. 24, 2020 10:09 AM EST

ROANOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Rapidly dipping temperatures in North Carolina's Outer Banks “cold stunned" at least 120 sea turtles this week, causing them to float to the surface of the chilly waters and wash ashore in critical condition. On Tuesday, 95 sea turtles were brought to the Sea Turtle...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Industry officials believe many that hundreds of thousands of passengers scam the system each year by claiming they need their pet for emotional support. Those people avoid airline pet fees, which Oscar's owners paid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

Jan. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EST

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could ban emotional-support...

Cold-stunned sea turtles wash ashore on North Carolina coast

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — More than 100 sea turtles stunned by recent cold temperatures have washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the National Park Service said. The agency said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that approximately 95 green and Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore on Tuesday on the...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...