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Category: turtles

Sea Turtles Don Poop-Collecting Wetsuits – for the Sake of Science

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Sea turtle collection in Moreton Bay, Australia for important diet studies. Photograph from University of Queensland News

Researchers at the University of Queensland, have been working from the ‘bottom’ up to figure out what loggerhead sea turtles eat and where that prey is from so improved conservation measures can better protect the endangered species.

When faced with the dilemma of trying to collect feces from extremely heavy sea turtles, UQ researchers Owen Coffee and Carmen da Silva came up with a new way to use the old standby for poop collection – a turtle diaper.

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The sea turtles customized giant ‘nappy’. Photograph from University of Queensland News

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This Glowing Sea Turtle Discovered off the Solomon Islands Is the First Biofluorescent Reptile Ever Reported

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Screenshot from NatGeo’s video (below).

“Out of the blue, it almost looks like a bright green and red space ship came underneath my camera,” recalled Gruber of the “glowing” hawksbill turtle–an endangered species–that appeared in front of his lens during a recent night dive off the Solomon Islands.

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Watch a Sea Turtle Eating a Midday Snack: Why Not?

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Screenshot from WWF’s YouTube video.

If you have 22 seconds – watch this green sea turtle eating algae off the Langford Reef in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

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Robo-Turtle: This Injured Sea Turtle Just Received a Prosthetic 3D-Printed Titanium Beak

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“Titanium Turtle Jaw”. Photo: Btech Innovations.

“Akut-3”, or so this loggerhead sea turtle is being called, recently lost half of his beak to a motorboat propeller off Turkey. Before 3D printing, rescuing her was unimaginable. Today, a quick call to a lab, overnight shipping and a couple hours under the knife have this reptile in recovery at a rescue center which plans to send her back to sea, provided the new beak takes hold.

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“Akut-3” (named after Arama Kurtarma Derneği, or AKUT for short, a nongovernmental search and rescue association) is already testing his new wares and moving his jaw again. Once he proves he can feed himself, he’ll be free to go. Gif via The Daily Mail.

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A Scuttlefish Exclusive. Watch the Amazing Release of Two Charleston Sea Turtles Into the Gulf Stream – From the Water.

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Above: one of two loggerhead sea turtles rehabilitated at South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program is released into the open ocean on April 10th. Photo courtesy: Jonathan Cummings and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Two loggerhead sea turtles rescued last summer have been rehabilitated, and were successfully reintroduced to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon, April 10th, 40 miles off Charleston, South Carolina.

“Lazarus, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was admitted to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital in June of last year after being found emaciated, lethargic, and near death in Garden City, S.C.  Blood work indicated the turtle was suffering from severe anemia, hypoproteinemia and hypoglycemia,” reports the South Carolina Aquarium. Despite intensive care, Lazarus remained in critical condition, and like his biblical namesake, was literally raised from the dead. Twice.

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The open sea and new lease on life. Nothing better. Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

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“Yawkey” the Leatherback Returns to the Sea – in Photos and Video

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After a difficult rescue and a remarkable rehabilitation, “Yawkey,” a 450 pound juvenile leatherback turtle – the first ever rescued in South Carolina – was returned to the ocean at the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The turtle had been rescued earlier this week from South Carolina’s Tom Yawkey Heritage Preserve – one of the remotest beaches on the East Coast. Though sick and lethargic when first brought in, the turtle’s recovery – via intravenous fluids and antibiotics – was amazingly fast. Here are a few photos and video – courtesy of the South Carolina Aquarium. 

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In Pictures – The Incredibly Difficult Rescue of an Incredibly Large South Carolina Leatherback Turtle

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South Carolina Sea Turtle Program Director Kelly Thorvalson and her husband Mike work against time to transport a 500 pound leatherback sea turtle into the sea turtle hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium. All images courtesy: South Carolina Aquarium. 

There was no textbook manual for yesterday’s rescue of a huge leatherback sea turtle from one of the most remote beaches on the East Coast. It’s never happened here in South Carolina, and it’s only happened four or five times in the United States. Leatherbacks are dinosaurian creatures than can top the scales at 2000 pounds when grown. When the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources learned that one of the animals had stranded in the surf at the Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, it took a big 4×4 to power through the marsh mud and sand, and a team of five people just to lift the creature. Though its gender has yet to be determined, it was given the name “Yawkey” after baseball great Tom Yawkey, whose foundation preserved a huge stretch of South Carolina coast where the animal was found. 

Thanks to our friends at the South Carolina Aquarium for sharing the following photos. And stay tuned to the Scut for a profile of Kelly Thorvalson – the real life Medicine Woman of Carolina sea turtles.

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Watch an RC Plane Crash into the Sea and Enamor a School of Fish, a Turtle, and Even a Shark

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Screenshot from MrLiftHog‘s video

Youtube user MrLiftHog was flying his electric-powered model plane with a GoPro camera attached over a reef at Cape Range National Park in Western Australia when he became disorientated by the glare of the sun and crashed the plane into the sea. His plane was toast, but what the surviving GoPro captured — apart from the crash itself — was a stunningly beautiful display of curious schooling fish, a sea turtle, and even a shark.

Watch the video below — OJB

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