Sea Turtle Breeding Threatened by Oil Spill

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Here's an article about the potential impacts on sea turtles, many starting to show up dead or sick. Tags: 2010 oil spill sea turtles Gulf of Mexico Each day, I'm having a harder and harder time wrapping my mind around the enormity of this disaster and its ecological impacts.

Vulture hunts down and ravages Sea Turtles

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Meet Tim; he’s a baby Olive Ridley Turtle. On this one morning when I first met Tim, I counted 110 Olive Ridley Turtle nests exploding out and scuttling for the “saftey” of the ocean. Oh, look at all those parallel lines running down the beach, those are all baby turtle tracks as far as the eye can see! A large female Leatherback Turtle (aka Baula or Laúd in Spanish) is on a mad dash for the water. Happy birding (or turtling), Dale Forbes a.

Dead Sea Turtles Near Oil Spill Site

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According to this article, "at least 25 sea turtles have washed up dead on Mississippi beaches over the past few days, according to multiple media reports. So far, there is no evidence that the oil spill killed the turtles, but tests are ongoing." Tags: oil spill marine life marine animals turtles Gulf of Mexico The web page also has a video.

All Sea Turtles Finally Protected in the Bahamas

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Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species inhabit the Bahamas, and previously it was legal to kill any sea turtle species found there except one, the hawksbill. Tags: turtles Bahamas endangered species About time. Now, they are all protected.

Camouflage on the reef

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The big appeal to us on these low tides is the easy access to so much of the reef that becomes exposed and the huge variety of sea creatures that we can encounter in a few hours of walking. Other small sea squirts shut as you walk by. Sea Squirts. Sea Hares are a strange creature that we either encounter in large numbers or barely at all. Sea Hare. The Hawksbill Turtle was well camouflaged, but its shape gave it away! Hawksbill Turtle.

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The predictability of Pied Oystercatchers

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They will chase Black Kites , but will fly away from the nest if a White-bellied Sea Eagle approaches as if there is no reason to be there. Pied Oystercatchers feeding Pied Oystercatcher investigates three sea cucumbers Before we ventured out onto the reef we came across a Hawksbill Turtle that had stranded on the beach and it had lost part of one of its rear flippers at some stage. Birding Australia Broome oystercatchers Sea Turtles

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Migration and Cable Beach

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My next surprise as I headed along the beach on my bicycle were some really distinct tracks that led from the sea at high tide late the night before and entered the sea immediately next to me. A Flatback Turtle was just returning to the sea after spending most of the night nesting above the high tide mark. The nest digging is a slow process and as a result of this she had spent many hours out of the sea and finally returned to the sea no doubt exhausted.

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Nice Story for the Week

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A six-year donates his life savings to help sick sea turtles at the Florida Aquarium. It was only $53.50 (the kid's only six!), but I hope it's the first step to a long life of love and compassion for all living things.

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Oil to Hit US Shore Either this Sunday or Monday

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The animals threatened most by the spill are bluefin tuna, sea turtles, brown pelicans, shrimp and sharks. That's when the full impact of the oil spill on wildlife will be seen. Right now, there are still no confirmed deaths due to the spill, but rescue groups are gearing up for the worst.

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Cold Stunned Turtles Warm Up at SeaWorld

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SeaWorld aquarist Jenny Albert covers up a “cold stunned” endangered green turtle to keep the animal warm at SeaWorld’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The Arctic blast that has affected most of the country has forced more than two dozen green sea turtles to take shelter after being rescued January 6 from the Mosquito Lagoon by wildlife rangers. This influx of turtles gives the park’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program more than 1,000 turtles rescued since its inception in 1980.

Dead Marine Animals Showing Up Along Gulf Coast

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But why did 60 dead endangered turtles wash up over three weeks? Still, though, 60 sea turtles over 3 weeks? But so far, it looks like the oil spill is not to blame. And what about the dead dolphin? Seems odd, although officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said that fish they've tested have not been killed by oil, but a lack of oxygen in the water. They also say low oxygen levels are common this time of year due to changes in temperature.

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Habitat Mash-up

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I managed to see my first Loggerhead Turtle within the mangroves, an unfortunate soul that became trapped within the maze of roots during an exceptionally high tide and lost its life. I’ll spare you the pictures of the dead sea turtle and instead share something a little brighter.

Tiny Turtles

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This is a little late, so I am sure they have grown by now, but just look at how adorable these little sea turtles are! I adore turtles, and am happy to know that SeaWorld Orlando saved these hatchlings from Hurricane Bill. The full story after the photo: SeaWorld Orlando Cares For Turtle Hatchlings – (August 24, 2009) – Aquarists at SeaWorld Orlando are providing round-the-clock care for three endangered loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings this week.

Another Depressing Oil Spill Story!

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With some 400 species estimated to be at risk — from the tiniest oil-eating bacteria to shrimp and crabs, endangered sea turtles, brown pelicans and sperm whales — experts say the impact of oil and chemical dispersants on the food chain has already begun, and could grow exponentially. “A It's the "gift" that keeps on giving. From the Khaleej Times Online/AFP.

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Living Planet Aquarium ticket giveaway!

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I also really love the sea turtle, and the “petting” area where you can touch little sharks and rays. We are huge fans of The Living Planet Aquarium , and are so excited to visit the new building when it’s done. Luckily, the current aquarium is still open until September 8th, and we have a bunch of tickets to giveaway. I have 5 sets of 4 tickets each to give to 5 lucky readers.

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SeaWorld Orlando Caring for Two Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings

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We have a real love of turtles, so it is always great to hear of people helping care for them. Recently the SeaWorld Orlando animal rescue team received two hawksbill turtle hatchlings that were about two months old. This turtle was covered with algae and fauna, as seen in the photo. The turtles are taken home in their brooder each night by a turtle expert (aquarist) for middle-of-the-night feedings.

Should the Military Force Protect the Environment?

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In Nicaragua, the army patrols beaches to protect sea turtle eggs. Thought-provoking article in the Boston Globe.some green thinkers are now coming to a surprising conclusion: In exceptional circumstances, they say, the only effective way to protect the environment may be at the barrel of a gun. In some cases, notably in Africa, biodiversity is threatened by military conflict, or by well-armed gangs of poachers.

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When a Gray Kingbird Becomes the Bird of the Weekend

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I had spent the morning on Navarre Beach, walking the pier looking for sea turtles and dolphins, then making my way down the beach. Sometimes great birding days are not about all the birds you see. Some are great because of just one. A thunderstorm threatened, casing a dark shadow across the green waters of the Gulf, but rain never fell. The beach had a fair number of shorebirds, plus dozens of Least Terns scanning the surf for little bait fish and other prey.

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Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

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Key West Wildlife Center takes mostly birds, but will rescue mammals, marine mammals, and both land and sea turtles as well. Here’s something you don’t see all the time. “We We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida.

Florida’s Top Annual Pelagic Trips

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One of many Leatherback Sea Turtles seen on a pelagic trip out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. The period between May and September offer the best potential for an assortment of pelagic species (species which live most of their lives far from land) off the Atlantic coast of Florida. The Friends of the Marine Science Center sponsor several pelagic trips every year out of Ponce de Leon Inlet to explore the deep ocean waters around the Gulfstream in search of many of these pelagic species.

Belding’s Yellowthroat, Revisited

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Up until recently, the only environmental issue that has been found news worthy has been the protection of the large number of sea turtles that come to these beaches to nest. I recently wrote a short story here on 10,000 Birds about one of our endemic species, the Belding’s Yellowthroat , Geothlypis belding beldingi. and its status on the Threatened Species List. Todos Santo, an ocean side village, is a 56 mile trip, west across the Baja to the Pacific Ocean side.

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See OCEANS, Save Oceans!

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This captures the spirit, the very essence of the sea.”. The 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas contain miles of vital coral reefs, which are the foundation of a healthy ocean environment, providing shelter, nurseries and feeding grounds for hundreds of marine species, including dolphins, sea turtles and a wide range of fish.

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Birding Southern Baja: Todos Santos

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It’s almost a bucolic place; sea turtles nest on the beaches, Humpback Whales and bat rays frolic just offshore, and you can buy the freshest fish from the panga fisherman at Punta Lobos every afternoon. If not for California’s Salton Sea (where this species can be fairly common in summer and fall), Yellow-footed Gull would be considered another Mexican endemic. A male Belding’s Yellowthroat. Hecho en Mexico.

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The Dry Tortugas: A Must for Birders

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Discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1513, the islands were named after the numerous sea turtles that were collected for food by the first European explorers (tortugas) and the fact that there is no freshwater on the island (dry). Lying about 70 nautical miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is a small group of low lying islands rich in history and in wildlife.

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Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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First up is Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: East Coast by Steve N. Sullivan, a counterpart to Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast published last June. A little longer than its predecessor (by eight pages to be exact), the East Coast guide is your handy dandy, pocket-sized, all-in-one guide to the seabirds, marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and other creatures you are likely to encounter on pelagics or whale watching trips, from Bar Harbor, Maine to Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida.

Lest we Forget – BP Oil Spill 2010

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Officials reported 48 marine mammals, mostly dolphins, and 87 dead sea turtles during the first two months alone. We documented the relocation of several turtle nests. April 10, 2012 A National Wildlife Federation report indicated clear signs that wildlife populations, especially turtles, dolphins and Bluefin Tuna, continue to be negatively affected by oil pollution. Turtles continue to die at significant rates in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Amazing New York State Pelagic Trip

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But before sleep we birders did what birders do when heading out to sea in the dark. Then I got tired and lied down and when I woke up two hours, a Bridled Tern , a Minke Whale , and a Loggerhead Sea Turtle had went by. It was a week ago, at about 8 PM, that fifty-something birders boarded the Starstream VIII in Freeport and headed out over the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I was one of those birders. And that makes me very, very, very, happy.

I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Vulture Hunts Down and Ravages Sea Turtles – Dale Forbes, 10,000 Birds. That vultures get a bad rap is something of a given. There’s no getting around the fact that they’re weird looking. Birds are supposed to have feathers and birds without feathers look incomplete, like they left home with shaving cream on their ear and toothpaste spots on their shirt.

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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast–A Book Review

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In a nice moment of serendipity, my review copy of Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast by Steve N.G. Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast is designed to be a quick, handy resource for use on whale watching and one-day pelagic trips. There were few periods of time when I felt secure enough to stop sea watching and consult the guide. Size is not always given, probably because it is often difficult to determine size at sea.

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Birding Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Sea turtles can be seen from the beach or while snorkling at Tamarindo Beach, especially if you go early in the morning. Culebra is the lesser known of the two major islands that lie off the eastern edge of Puerto Rico.

Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. I would be terribly distracted from counting shorebirds by sea snakes.