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Green turtle population shrinks on Pasoso Island, Indonesia 14 May 2016

Photo credit: BIOS Ruslan Sangadji reports on the demise of green turtles nesting on Pasoso Island, situated off of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. He interviews a local man who claimed that “in the past, there were turtles as far as the eye could see. The beach was full of them” – whereas recent nesting seasons have seen as few as 19. Ahmad, a guard on the island confirmed that there used be hundreds of nesters, but their numbers have declined due to rampant poaching (often by individuals disguised as fishermen), and incidental mortality from fishing with explosives and trawl nets.  More »


Plastic ingestion kills loggerhead post-hatchlings in South Africa 3 May 2016

Photo credit: Ronel Nel Reporting for Ecowatch, Lorraine Chow draws attention to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin which found that 24 of 40 (60%) loggerhead turtle post-hatchlings that died within 2 months of stranding on southern Cape beaches in April 2015 contained ingested anthropogenic debris. Plastic, which comprised of 99% of the debris, killed 11 turtles by blocking their digestive tracts or bladders, and contributed to the deaths of five other turtles. The results indicated that the amount and diversity of plastic ingested by post-hatchling loggerhead turtles off South Africa have increased over the last four decades, and now kill some turtles. More »


Number of olive ridley nests drops in Chennai 25 April 2016

Photo c/o The Hindu Conservationists have observed a noticeable drop in the number of olive ridley nests this year on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, in the vicinity of Chennai, according to S. Poorvaja, reporting for The Hindu. Some have surmised that the lower number of nests could be related to the unusually early warm weather, associated with the El Nino effect, or the unprecedented rains in December. Olive ridley turtle nests usually have 100 to 150 eggs and are taken to hatcheries by the Forest Department and conservationists to ensure that the eggs are kept in a safe environment, and the hatchlings are later released into the sea.  More »


15 Hawksbill turtle nests found in Dubai 22 April 2016

Photo credit: Asghar Mobaraki Better known for its towering skyscrapers, Dubai is also home to hawksbill turtles which nest on the shores of Jebel Ali’s Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary was declared a protected site in 1998 with the main objective of conserving the marine natural resources of Dubai. A total of 15 nests were laid there between early March and mid-April 2016. The nests were all relocated with the aim of protecting the hatchlings from predators, such as foxes, cats and seagulls. More »


Dr Jeanne Mortimer recognized for lifelong career in sea turtle conservation 20 April 2016

Photo c/o Seychelles News Agency Dr Jeanne Mortimer has received a Lifetime Achievement Award, aimed at recognising individuals who have had a significant impact on sea turtle biology and conservation through the course of their career. The International Sea Turtle Society announced the recognition at its 36th annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation held in Lima, Peru, in February. Dr Mortimer, who is based in Seychelles, is often referred to there as ‘Madam Torti” or the Turtle Lady, a testament to her over 40 years of experience working with sea turtles. More »


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