Deep Sea News is proud to present the Iron Turtle award in partnership with Conservation International and National Geographic. The official press release follows. Academic judges from Deep Sea News have declared a 340 kg leatherback turtle named Cali to be this year’s Iron Turtle award winner in the Great Turtle Race 2009. The . . . → Read More: World champion leatherback wins Iron Turtle award
© Jean-Yves Georges – Great Turtle Race competitor “Wawa Bear” Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer” is declared the victor in the Great Turtle Race, the first leatherback sea turtle to arrive in the Caribbean Sea from foraging grounds off Nova Scotia, Canada. The largest turtle in the race, Wawa Bear (pictured), was not the first place . . . → Read More: Enormous sea turtle lays 95 eggs after ocean race
by Bryan Wallace for Deep Sea News When you think of cold marine environments, you probably think of blubber-wrapped seals, whales, and walruses, big, furry bears, or a huddled mass of penguins. What do those animals have in common? They are endotherms, their body temperature maintenance depends on consistently high levels of heat generated (and . . . → Read More: Gigantothermy: Size Matters
We might as well call it Turtle Week at DSN. The Boss suggested we put together a few highlights from DSN stories that rolled out over the years, presented here in chronological order. Keep your eyes peeled for fresh news and interviews from the Great Turtle Race in coming days. Sea turtle advocates appeal to . . . → Read More: Sea turtle round-up
Leatherback turtles are huge! They look like big, black, barnacle-encrusted sea zeppelins, or something. See them in this trailer for Jurassic Journey. The production quality is good, and it sounds exciting. Why am I not watching this on Discovery Channel? The Great Turtle Race features these creatures. Sea more turtle video at NatGeo, even . . . → Read More: Jurassic Journey, the Preview
In 2007, an inspired group of sea turtle researchers launched an event called the Great Turtle Race, in which they tracked satellite tagged animals across the Pacific from Costa Rica to the Galapagos. The online event raised money and awareness for the plight of the sea turtle. All 7 species of sea turtle are endangered. . . . → Read More: The Great Turtle Race begins again!
There are a few theories about why sea turtles make occasional excursions into very deep (> 1000 m) water. These involve escape from predation, thermoregulation, and prey availability. In the first two, sharks are fewer, so turtles can evade predation and “cool off” at the same time. Like ladies tanning on a balcony. . . . → Read More: Why would a leatherback turtle dive 1000m deep?