This originally posted here during Megavertabrate Week in 2007. I’m reposting it here in honor of the Great Turtle Race of 2009! Good luck turtles! See map below for updated results – Billy is swimming like crazy!. ——————————————————————————————————– From The Desk of Zelnio: Dermochelys coriacea So you walk into the pet shop, you’re looking around . . . → Read More: The “Leathery Turtle”
From the world famous “Dance Your Dissertation” contest, now on YouTube with a methods section. This video depicts a dissertation entitled “The invention and adoption of conservation technology to successfully reduce the bycatch of protected marine species” by Lekelia, using a mix of modern dance and watusi styles in the remarkable Sea Turtle Conservation . . . → Read More: TGIF: Dance Your Sea Turtle Dissertation
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!
Mr Leatherback has a MySpace page and a YouTube page. I love this guy. He’s on Facebook and Twitter. He’s been just about everywhere in a green pleather suit to save his species, and he’s got a website to prove it. We have a word for this kind of dedication… . . . → Read More: How far will a turtle go to save his species?
Adelita the Loggerhead migration with Google Ocean from Wallace J. Nichols on Vimeo Adelita was the first loggerhead turtle tracked from Baja California Sur by J Nichols and Seaturtle.org, and the first satellite tracked animal to swim across an entire ocean…a paradigm shifting event. Now, Adelita’s the first turtle to swim through Google’s Ocean, . . . → Read More: Satellite tracked sea turtle swims in Google Ocean
Deep Sea News “field correspondent” and good friend Wallace J Nichols is posting links to the first real evidence of Google Earth enhancements. Click here to read today’s blog post about the new contribution from Seaturtle.org. Links at the bottom take you to videos that play through the migration track of J’s first tagged . . . → Read More: Google’s Ocean is trickling in
The future looks promising for Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. A record 195 Kemp’s ridley nests were found on the Texas coast this nesting season, which runs from April to mid-July. It’s the fifth consecutive record-breaking year. . . . → Read More: More sea-turtles nesting on Texas beaches
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?
Think of an aquatic habitat as far away from the deep-sea as you can get without coming up on land, and we will find a connection to the deep-sea. River rock = settlement substrate. Kelp forest = urchin food. Beaches = spawning grounds for tuna food. Mangroves = seafood … food. Bumper stickers in the Carolinas say it best – “no wetlands, no seafood.” . . . → Read More: Making that deep-sea connection to mangroves