World Turtle News, 02/05/2017
Will turtles and tourism always be at loggerheads?
The Mediterranean hosts three of the world’s seven turtle species: the green, the leatherback and the loggerhead, though the latter is the only species that nests in Greek waters. All turtle populations in the Mediterranean have been under pressure for decades and suffered outright persecution and hunting through the first half of the 20th century. Whilst actual hunting has pretty much ceased (at least in European waters), populations remain low – a common state of affairs for species that take many years to reach sexual maturity. Click the link to read about the effects of tourism on the turtle population…
If you remember the story about the GPS turtle eggs, now you can donate towards the project and sponsor your own, see the Conservation section.
Turtle News From Around the World
UK:- Pledge £35 for a trackable 3D printed turtle egg that could help save endangered sea turtles
Australia:- Researchers working to help ancient Emydura macquarii survive
USA:- Loggerhead Marinelife Center Adds Speed Reduction Zones to Minimize Endangered Sea Turtle Injury
Sinagapore:- Rescued Orlitia borneensis sent back home to Malaysia
UK:- The Asian turtle crisis
India:- Beach cleaned for nesting of turtles
UK:- Animals retain long-term memory of the biggest and best sources of food
Zimbabwe:- Tommy the ageless tortoise
Crime & Punishment
Guam:- Army vet sentenced in capture of Chelonia mydas
India:- High Court upholds conviction, sentence on two Indian nationals for keeping Geoclemys Hamiltonnii
Health & Medical
Australia:- Watch out and take care of Chelodina longicollis on roads
UK:- Injured pet tortoise discovered in Barkingside garden
USA:- California’s Groundhog Is a Tortoise
USA:- April 10 Officially Declared Gopher Tortoise Day In Florida By Gopher Tortoise Council
Jamaca:- On the march! Adorable tiny turtles scuttle to the sea: video
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Photo from Richard Aspinall.