Japan’s oldest sea turtle on the mend

Japan’s oldest sea turtle is feeling better.

63-year-old Hamataro was treated for inflammation of the lungs and flippers.

People in the town of Minami in western Japan celebrated the recovery of their 100-kilogram turtle.

The town is known for a beach where sea turtles come to lay eggs.

Hamataro is Japan’s oldest loggerhead turtle on record.

He returned to his outdoor aquarium and could be seen enjoying a swim with other turtles.

via http://www.ntv.co.jp/englishnews/society/japans-oldest-sea-turtle-on-the-mend/

TURTLE RESCUE: Animal charity success 17/04/2014 by Alan Cole in the UK
The turtles were seized in a joint operation with Wildlife SOS in conjunction with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Delhi Wildlife Department and the police…
The 27 endangered soft shelled turtles were seized from poachers near a bus stand in Delhi…
“It is shocking that the trade in endangered turtles goes on in Delhi so rampantly… explains Kartick Satyanarayan of Wildlife SOS…
“These turtles are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. We are thankful to the Delhi police and the wildlife authorities for their support and cooperation in making this operation a success…”
India’s Wildlife SOS is part of the international Wildlife SOS charity network, supporting nature and wildlife conservation, and working to protect rare and endangered species from poaching and cruelty…
The endangered soft shelled turtles were seized from poachers near the Badarpur bus stand in Delhi following the capture of the animals in Rajasthan…
The poachers transported them in bags on public transport…
It is thought they were to be killed for meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine…
Wildlife SOS says intelligence was received by the charity’s anti-poaching unit, Forestwatch…
The charity says it plans to release the rescued turtles back into their natural habitat…
India wildlife charity celebrates after wildlife protection operation, rescues dozens of endangered turtles…

Animal welfare charity rescues 27 endangered turtles from poachers in Delhi…

Rescue of endangered turtles in Delhi, India. Photo: Wildlife SOS, India.

via http://www.xperedon.com/news/2635/turtle-rescue-animal-charity-success.html

Summer is coming and Ernie the sea turtle is going on a diet for beach season

 Apr 17, 2014 06:00 By Jack Crone

Ernie recently came in several pounds overweight on the scales at his first annual weigh-in at Manchester Sea Life

Ernie, the 9 year old turtle

Ernie the sea turtle, who lives at Manchester Sea Life, is fed three times-a-day, munching on a diet of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli stems, cucumber, sprouts, squid and fish heads.
But rather than retreating into his shell, keepers believe confident Ernie is snacking in between meals, on morsels leftover by other residents.
Ernie recently came in several pounds overweight on the scales at his first annual weigh-in.
“Because of the flabbiness around his back flippers, Ernie will be on reduced rations for a while until we’re happy he’s in perfect shape,” said curator Lucy Handel.
“He’s only a little overweight, but that’s why we do these annual checks, to pick up any issues like this before they become a problem.”

Sea turtles graze almost constantly in the wild but must search for their food, which usually requires more energy.

However, Lucy said that Ernie is always fed from different vantage points so that he has to work for his dinner.

“Just like some children, sea turtles over-indulge given half a chance, and we suspect Ernie’s become skilled at eking out extra helpings from the scraps discarded by the sharks and other fish,” she added.

Factoring in the food that Ernie finds foraging around his half-a-million litre tank, Lucy and her team have calculated reducing his regular portions by a third will have him back in streamilined shape within ten weeks.

To find out more about Ernie’s diet and Sea Life visit visitsealife.com

via http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/manchester-sea-life-ernie-turtle-6997582

Turtle Trot kicks off nesting season

Posted: April 17, 2014 – 12:17am

The official beginning of Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season is right around the corner.

On April 26, Tybee Island Marine Science Center is kicking it off with its 10th annual Tybee Turtle Trot.

Like many of Georgia’s barrier islands, Tybee attracts the loggerhead females to its sandy beaches.

A record year across the coast, 2013 saw a total of 21 nests on the island, with 1,429 hatchlings emerging from their nests and making their way to the sea.

With the growing popularity of Savannah’s beach, our little aquatic hatchlings need a little extra help and protection to make sure as many make their trek into the waves as possible.

This is where the Tybee Island Marine Science Center and the Sea Turtle Project come in.

The center is home to an extremely dedicated and enthusiastic staff that works to educate the public, nurture sick and injured turtles, and coordinate the necessary protection for turtle nests during nesting season.

With such tall orders, they certainly cannot do it alone.

To help protect the unhatched eggs from predators, beachgoers and tides, an army of volunteer cooperators walks the three-mile beach daily at 6 a.m. Cooperators spot new nests to mark and rope off. They also are the first to find signs of a hatching. From there, staff steps in to conduct further research and excavate the nests following the hatch.

Conservation group Sea Turtle Conservancy lists Georgia’s loggerhead turtles as a threatened species in the United States. This means they are “likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future.” Among the animal’s top threats are “the loss of nesting habitat due to coastal development, predation of nests and human disturbances (such as coastal lighting and housing developments) that cause disorientations during the emergence of hatchlings.”

This designation makes the work of the Tybee Marine Science Center’s Sea Turtle Project even more important.

On April 26, the Tybee Marine Science Center is hosting its Turtle Trot 5k to help support the Sea Turtle Project. At 8 a.m., runners line up on the beach, just north of the Tybee pavilion, for the beach run that follows the dunes on the hard-packed sand. Following the awards ceremony, at roughly 9:15 a.m., race participants and spectators are treated to a glimpse of the good work they’ve supported.

Each year, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center brings several rehabbed patients — turtle patients, to be exact — to be released into the ocean.

Flanked by volunteers, staff and a crowd of spectators, the large turtles are carried to the waterline, where they then make their own way into the sea.

It is a moment that is sure to move all present.

The Science Center’s Cody Shelley describes the experience.

“It’s pretty profound. You realize that these creatures have the similar life expectancy as us. That turtle may be 50 years old and just needed some help getting over an injury or illness,” Shelley says. “It really makes you feel small in the grand scheme of things.”

Before runners leave the island, the science center invites them to enjoy a little bit more sea turtle time.

Runners may present their race bib at the door for free entry to the center to visit Ike, Tybee’s resident loggerhead hatchling. Be sure to check out Ike’s journal at the center’s Facebook page, too!

With all that we ask of our coastline and beaches, it’s good to give back every once in a while. The Tybee Turtle Trot is a great way to support the conservancy of a very special animal.

“There is an immediate benefit to what we do,” Shelley says. “The measures we take all year have a huge effect. (Protecting the turtles) really is a community effort.”

To register for the event, visit Active.com and search Tybee Turtle Trot.

For all things Tybee, go to http://www.VisitTybee.com, Facebook or Twitter @VisitTybee.


What: Tybee Turtle Trot

When: 8 a.m. April 26

Where: Beach north of Tybee pavilion

Cost: Varies; sign up early for discounts

Info: http://www.active.com, search for Tybee Turtle Trot

via http://savannahnow.com/accent/2014-04-17/tybee-tales-turtle-trot-kicks-nesting-season

13 sea turtles released in Amelia Island

Author: Mary Baer, Anchor, mbaer@wjxt.com Published On: Apr 16 2014 05:51:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2014 10:54:57 PM EDT

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – Thirteen sea turtles were released back into the wild Wednesday in Amelia Island.

The turtles had been rescued and brought down to Florida from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.
There were two species — green turtles and Kemps ridley turtles. After their long trip, they couldn’t wait to get back in the Florida surf.
Brent Whitaker, a veterinarian and the vice president of biological programs at The National Aquarium made the drive from Baltimore. He says the animals were stranded last November when temperatures got cold off of the New Jersey and Maryland shore.
“Each turtle (had) it’s own individual carrier. We put them on the sand, and we cut the zip ties that held  the carriers shut,” said Whitaker. “All during the trip they wanted nothing else but to get out.”
Whitaker’s says his nephew Reed Fisk, an 8th grader, had a project to do for his school and came out for the trip. Fisk said he’s gained a lot from the experience.
Both he and Whitaker say they were very excited to put the turtles back into the wild today.
“Sea turtles need to have warm water, and when they find cold water, their body shuts down,” said Whitaker. “They cannot do anything. They tumble in the surf, they get sick, they come ashore and they die if someone doesn’t come across them and rescue them.”
The group that brought them to northeast Florida said it hopes the turtles are on their way to safer waters.
“All sea turtles we released today are endangered, which means there are very few of them left,” said Whitaker. “Every animal we can save — put back out — has the opportunity to reproduce and therefore perpetuate the species.”

via http://www.news4jax.com/news/15-sea-turtles-released-in-amelia-island/25520414

Sick turtles on long road to recovery after rescue missions

17th Apr 2014 9:14 AM

HELPING HAND: Kane Gamble nurses the injured turtle he found while riding a jet ski off Bribie Island.
HELPING HAND: Kane Gamble nurses the injured turtle he found while riding a jet ski off Bribie Island. Contributed

TWO turtles are recovering at Australia Zoo after rescues near Bribie Island.

A jet ski ride through Moreton Bay turned into an urgent turtle rescue mission for Kane Gamble last week.
The Bribie Island Jet Ski owner towed a sick turtle, now known as Dudley, on the back of his jet ski from the open bay into onto a section of sand at Bellara.
“Seeing one floating at the top of the water I knew straight away something was wrong,” he said.
“They’re very, very shy things. They only come up for air every three to four minutes.”
The 30-year-old waited with the sick turtle and a growing crowd for a few hours while the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit arrived.
A Sandstone Point resident found another sick turtle (since named Spud by Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital staff) just a few days earlier, this time washed up on the beach.
The rescues come soon after two dead turtles were found on Sandstone Point beaches within a week.
Spud and Dudley are known as floating turtles, simply meaning they are unable to submerge properly.
AZRU manager Toby Millyard said in both cases the problem was caused by an infection but it could also occur after a turtle ate a plastic bag or other debris.
“As soon as they start to float they can’t eat, they can’t find food properly and they end up getting washed ashore,” he said.
“On sea turtles it is the most common thing that goes wrong.”
Spud and Dudley are both living in small pools at Australia Zoo and undergoing courses of antibiotics to remove the infections.
Mr Millyard said it was impossible to guess their chances of survival.
“The quicker they’re seen, the quicker they get to hospital, the more likely the chances are,” he said.
“Someone finding a turtle that’s still in the process of floating theoretically could increase their chances of survival.
“(But) there’s so many variables it’s impossible to tell you.”
He said any turtle found on the shore outside of a mating period was almost certainly sick and should be reported to the 24-hour rescue hotline on 1300 369 652.

via http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/rescue-mission-for-sick-turtles/2232175/

Pampered turtles going back to rehab after Ita

16 April, 2014 3:04PM AEST By Damien Larkins

They’ve been pampered and fussed over, but now several injured turtles evacuated during Cyclone Ita are ready to go back to rehab.

As Ita bore down, volunteers at Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC) knew they had to relocate.

The centre treats injured and sick marine turtles from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula.

Power losses would cut the water pumps to the turtle tanks and rising flood waters could fill them with silt.

It wasn’t going to be easy; CTRC co-founder Jennie Gilbert says some of the turtles weigh more than 120 kilograms.

“It takes a lot of manpower to get them into boxes and then get them on the end of trucks and then actually get them out here and then offload them at the other end,” she said.

At the centre’s Fitzroy Island site, staff from the nearby hotel went the extra mile to help, taking turtles into their rooms for the night.

While at the Cairns site, the turtles were loaded up and taken to local marine wholesalers Cairns Marine, where they’re now just about ready to go home.

Turtles making progress

Cairns Marine’s Oliver Underwood says he’s grown fond of the guest turtles, one in particular.

“There’s one little turtle, his name is Harry, he’s a hawksbill and I’ve told Jennie he’s not allowed to go,” he said with a broad smile.

“And Harry’s pretty happy about that.”

Ms Gilbert is praising Cairns Marine for their help in caring for the turtles during the cyclone.

“I don’t know whether they really want to move, they’re getting a bit spoilt here,” she said with a laugh.

Almost 60 volunteers are scrubbing the CTRC turtle tanks in preparation to bring the animals back home in the coming days.


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