Turtle

Turtles, snakes and lizards head toward extinction

Publication: NBC News   Date: February 15, 2013   View Article

Nearly one fifth of all reptiles — turtles, snakes, lizards and crocodiles — are on a slippery slope toward extinction due to loss of habitat, overharvesting and other factors, a new report says.

The study is the first of its kind to summarize the global conservation status of reptiles. More than 1,500 species were selected at random from around the world for conservation assessments in an effort to gain a representative sample.

Pictures: Millions of Sea Turtles Killed Accidentally?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 6, 2010   View Article

Entangled and drowned in a fishing net off the coast of Brazil, these green sea turtles in an undated picture are just a few of the millions of sea turtles that have been unintentionally killed by fishing operations over the past 20 years, according to a study released today by the journal Conservation Letters.

“Of all the threats sea turtles face right now, bycatch is the most serious,” said Bryan Wallace, a marine biologist with Conservation International and lead author of the study.

The study pulls together data from around the world on sea turtle deaths from nets, hooks, and trawls – and questions the estimates of previous reports.

Great Turtle Race Mixes Competition, Conservation

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 16, 2009   View Article

Eleven leatherback sea turtles virtually splashed into the chilly waters off Canada’s Atlantic coast today to start a grueling, more-than-3,700-mile (6,000-kilometer) race to the Caribbean.

The competitors are taking part in the Great Turtle Race, essentially a sped-up online replay of the actual migration, which ended in March.

New Field Could Explain How Salmon, Turtles, Find Home

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 4, 2008   View Article

Sea turtles and salmon may use their sensitivity to Earth’s magnetic field to guide them home at the end of their epic coming-of-age journeys, suggest scientists aiming to solve one of nature’s enduring mysteries.

The newly proposed theory is one of several ideas being explored under the banner of an emerging scientific field dubbed movement ecology.

Animal Photos Weekly: Rescued Penguin, Baby Sloth, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 15, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a red deer stag, a baby sloth, evacuated horses, rescued penguins, and a recently hatched Oliver Ridley sea turtle.

Animal Photos Weekly: Penguin March, Tree Frog, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 8, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include stranded penguins, Siamese twin fish, the European Dog Show, a turtle with a bladder stone, and a tiny tree frog.

Animal Photos Weekly: Albino Whale, Baby Giraffe, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 27, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a young seal set for release in the North Sea, an albino southern right whale in Australia, a newborn giraffe in San Diego, and a Beal’s four-eyed turtle.

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