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October, 2008

  • 6 October

    China gobbling up Florida turtles

    Softshell Turtle

    (From tampabay.com)- A rising demand in China for turtles for food and medicine has led to the round-up of thousands of turtles from Florida”s lakes, ponds and canals. “Asian countries are causing the extinction, the near extinction or the endangerment of every species of turtle they have over there, so …

  • 4 October

    Indian officials protect jellyfish

    Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)

    (From iar.org.uk)- The Indian Forest and Wildlife Department has directed all officials of the coastal areas of the city of Kendrapara to submit a detailed report on the catching and selling of jellyfish. Jellyfish, which are the food of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles and other protected marine species, …

  • 4 October

    Alarm over future of prized turtles

    Carcasses of Olive Ridleys on the Devi river mouth beach in Orissa From gulfnews.com.

    (From gulfnews.com) New Delhi- Coastal development, industrialisation and harmful fishing are whittling the numbers of this endangered species in India”s eastern state of Orissa, says a recent United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report. Already a whopping 120,000 Olive Ridleys have succumbed to illegal fishing and coastal development in Orissa over …

  • 2 October

    Enhanced Protection of Marine Turtles in The Bahamas

    (By Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources) Please read a press statement issued today by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources on the phasing out of capturing turtles by April 2009.The Honourable Minister Larry Cartwright and his team at the Ministry are to be commended for this long awaited …

  • 1 October

    Young turtles in rehab

    Philip Cheung / The National

    (From thenational.ae)- Blind in one eye and with a broken shell, Dredger would not have survived had it not been for Nakheel Property employees who found her floundering helplessly off the coast of Dubai. Now, the female Hawksbill turtle, named after the machine that almost killed her, has better days …

September, 2008

  • 30 September

    Man caught with dead turtle

    Photo: Brent Fuller

    (From caycompass.com)- A dead green sea turtle measuring four feet long and weighing close to 400 pounds was found on board a local fishing boat that was stopped by marine enforcement officers outside George Town harbour Wednesday morning. The female turtle, one of the largest Department of Environment officers have ever …

  • 27 September

    Bahamas Government urged to pass legislation to stop the killing and torture of sea turtles in The Bahamas

    From thebahamasweekly.com

    (From thebahamasweekly.com) The Bahamas Sea Turtle Conservation Group’s campaign to ban the killing of sea turtles in The Bahamas is gaining momentum, says Jane Mather, president of Advocate for Animal Rights, one of the group’s organizers. Sign petition

  • 23 September

    Dead sea turtle found

    From themolokaidispatch.com

    (From themolokaidispatch.com)- A dead sea turtle was found on the beach near the wharf last Monday. Department of Land and Natural Recourses (DLNR) biologist Bill Puleloa came to bury the turtle. The cause of its death is unknown. A virus epidemic known as Fibropapillomas, a variant of herpes, used to …

  • 20 September

    Battler turtle saved

    Picture: NICK WELSH

    (From ntnews.com.au)- He was found floating in Darwin”s south harbour, emaciated, with pneumonia and a smashed shell. But thanks to the fine handiwork of a four-person team at Yarrawonga”s Ark Animal Hospital this week, the ailing creature now sports a part man-made shell of fibreglass. It serves to protect the …

  • 20 September

    Sea turtle butchered on Qld beach

    Green turtle breaks the surface to breathe.

    (From brisbanetimes.com.au) Queensland, Australia- The RSPCA is calling for witnesses to the killing and butchery of a large sea turtle north of Brisbane, last week to come forward. The animal protection agency receipted a complaint last weekend that a group of adults and children dragged the animal out of the …

  • 17 September

    A marine biologist seeks cooperation from fishermen

    From thainews.prd.go.th

    (From thainews.prd.go.th)- A marine biologist from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre is treating a female turtle aged 10 years old. She was injured from a fishing net, and came ashore on Patong beach. Sontaya Manawattana, a biologist, said in the past 2 weeks many rare sea animals have come ashore …

  • 12 September

    Beach lovers, trouble for turtles

    (From travels.ndtv.com)- David Pike, doctoral student at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, has found that two turtle species – the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas) – produce more babies when nesting on beaches undisturbed by people or development. “But, of course, we humans also …