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Suspect Busted With 107 Stolen Sea Turtle Eggs

Officers say Florida man was taking them as the turtle was laying them

(Newser) - Jupiter is the big story in the news today, but Jupiter Island, Fla., is making headlines, too, for an entirely different reason, WJXT reports. Per a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Facebook post , a report came in about someone taking sea turtle eggs from a beach behind a local... More »

Couple Charged With Smuggling Hundreds of Sea Turtle Eggs

They're worth $3 to $5 on the black market

(Newser) - Federal officials say a Southern California couple has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling more than 900 endangered and threatened sea turtle eggs into the US from Mexico. The US Justice Department said this week that Hemet residents Olga and Jose Jimenez have been charged in a four-count indictment. Each... More »

This Trippy Creature Is World's First Glowing Turtle

It's the first known example of biofluorescence in reptiles

(Newser) - "I've been [studying turtles] for a long time, and I don't think anyone's ever seen this," sea turtle expert Alexander Gaos tells National Geographic . "This is really quite amazing." Gaos is referring to video footage showing a hawksbill sea turtle glowing neon red... More »

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Riding Sea Turtle

That's a felony offense in Florida

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Florida woman was arrested today for allegedly riding a sea turtle, NBC News reports. Back in July, photos of two women who appeared to be sitting on or riding a large turtle went viral on social media, leading to a flurry of angry complaints to the Florida Fish... More »

Central America Hit By Mass Die-Off of Sea Turtles

Scientists aren't sure what's going on

(Newser) - Between late September and mid-October, 114 sea turtles washed up dead on El Salvador's beaches. All across Central America, the same thing is happening: In Guatemala, 115 have died this year; in Costa Rica, 280; late last year, 200 died in Panama. In Nicaragua, in addition to the turtle... More »

Restaurateur Saves Rare Turtle From Pot

They're 'spiritual creatures,' says Hong Kong chef

(Newser) - A critically endangered sea turtle species is a little further from extinction today thanks to a friend in an unlikely place—a Hong Kong seafood restaurant. The restaurant's owner, who doubles up as the head chef, says that when a customer came in and asked him to cook a... More »

Despite Oil, Sea Turtles Released in Gulf

Dangers of captivity greater than danger of getting oiled

(Newser) - Federal biologists are releasing thousands of endangered Kemp's ridley baby sea turtles into the western Gulf of Mexico, betting that by the time the silver dollar-sized swimmers make it to the oil-fouled waters of the eastern Gulf, BP will have cleaned up its goopy mess. Texas has not been significantly... More »

Why the Oil in This Crab Could Be Very Bad News

Effects in small sea creatures could ripple upwards

(Newser) - Scientists are reporting early signs that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is altering the marine food web by killing or tainting some creatures while spurring the growth of others more suited to a polluted environment. Near the spill site scientists have found a massive die-off of pyrosomes, which endangered... More »

Massive Gulf Turtle Rescue Launched

Tens of thousands of eggs being moved

(Newser) - Wildlife experts scrambling to save hatchlings from the Gulf oil spill have hatched the biggest turtle rescue effort in history. Tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs will be dug up from beaches along the Gulf coast and trucked to Florida's Atlantic coast, where they will be hatched in temperature-controlled... More »

Shrimpers May Be Killing Turtles: Feds

Shortcuts ahead of oil slick could have caused 3 dozen deaths

(Newser) - About 3 dozen endangered sea turtles have washed up on Gulf Coast beaches in recent days—with no trace of oil—and the mysterious deaths have triggered a spat between federal authorities and shrimp fishermen. Marine officials suspect that fishermen, desperate to maximize their catch before the oil slick moves... More »

Baby Turtles Go Out for Italian

(Newser) - Sixty baby turtles took Rome restaurant-goers by surprise when they showed up under a table, Reuters reports. The newly hatched creatures normally instinctively head toward the sea from their beach birthplace, but “they saw the artificial lights and took the wrong route,” said a wildlife conservator. “The... More »

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