He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Turtle that ate nearly 1,000 coins has died after surgery complications

The Thai sea turtle that lived in a wishing pond and ate nearly 1,000 coins over the years has died.

The 25-year-old turtle, named Omsin (Thai for “bank”) was found with an engorged stomach full of coins back in February. She had a reportedly successful seven-hour surgery, but went into a coma later due to complications, the vet who operated on her said on Facebook.

Omsin died on Tuesday morning.

She lived in Si Racha, a town on the east coast of Thailand. The coins were thrown into the wishing pond for good luck by visitors.

After the coins were removed, she developed blood poisoning and serious intestinal problems. Her vet, Nantarika Chansue, said her intestines had twisted around itself in an effort to adjust to the empty space that was originally occupied by the coins, causing what is termed a “volvulus.”

An emergency corrective operation was conducted but Omsin slipped into a coma after, she said.

The coins also caused the turtle’s blood to have a heavy metal concentration at 200 times the normal rate, which led to slow recovery.

They had stuck in Omsin’s belly as a 20 x 23 x 30 cm (7.8 x 9 x 11 in.) lump, which was pressing down on her other organs and preventing her from diving, breathing or eating properly.

Image: NantarikA Chansue/Facebook

The turtle had been scheduled to be returned to a turtle pond managed by the Royal Thai Navy on March 23.

“We did our best, but it was not good enough,” Nantarika wrote. “Thank you for being my friend, Bank.”

Source: http://mashable.com/

Image of baby sea turtle surrounded by coal stirs environmental fears

A turtle hatchling on East Point beach, surrounded by coal.
Image: Lance Payne

Scientists and environmental advocates are up in arms after lumps of coal were found washed up on beaches around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Showing what’s at stake for vulnerable marine life, a local found a turtle hatchling next to a lump of coal on East Point Beach in Mackay, Queensland and shared the pictures.

Lance Payne spotted the hatchling while wandering the beach early this week. Though he’s not part of any environmental group, he felt compelled to share what he saw with authorities. He says the beach is covered in bits of coal and what he believes to be fine black coal dust.

“It’s very alarming,” he said. “There’s coal, potential coal dust and plastic pollution from the streets. “All these awful things happening on the one beach.”

While its effect on turtles is not known, scientists regard coal as potentially having a detrimental affect on some marine plants and animals.

Kathryn Berry, a PhD candidate at James Cook University in Queensland, has studied the effects of small coal particles on tropical organisms, including corals, fish and seagrass, in aquarium environments. A 2015 report was published in Nature.

She said that contamination by small coal particles can lower coral survivorship as well as fish and seagrass growth rates.

“There are different ways that coal can cause harm to plants and animals,” she explained. “The direct physical effects include smothering and abrasion of plant and animal tissues. When small coal particles are suspended in the water, light levels can be reduced, meaning there is less light reaching plants that require it to photosynthesize.”

Image: Lance Payne

Measuring the potential impact of coal contamination is complex, she added, because it depends on the amount of coal spilled and the size of the coal particles. Around the Reef, in particular, there is little data on how much coal is entering the water and where it is going.

“It is simply not good enough for coal to be washing up on beaches in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,” WWF Australia head of oceans Richard Leck said in a statement. “Coal is a potentially toxic material for marine life and must be managed in a way that stops it ending up in Reef waters.”

The WFF is calling for a government investigation into the matter, as well as infrastructure changes to prevent coal spillages at nearby mining ports.

Payne’s photo comes as the Queensland government found a coal spillage at a mining port in waters near the Reef, ABC reported. The coal appears to have spilled from one of the ship loaders at Hay Point Coal port, as well as spillages from trestles carrying the coal to ship loaders.

The WWF said coal has washed up at East Point Beach and Louisa Creek Beach, not far from the Hay Point Coal port. Environment Minister Steven Miles told the ABC it was not yet possible to say whether Hay Point was the source of the coal.

The federal and Queensland state governments have given the go-ahead to a number of coal ports close by the Reef, including the Abbot Point coal terminal. The terminal will serve the Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, which will be one of the world’s largest if completed.

Image: Lance Payne

A coal spillage near a World Heritage-listed marine park is always unwelcome, but parts of the Reef are also recovering from a global coral bleaching event.

When stressed by environmental factors such as rising water temperatures and pollution, coral can expel the algae that lives in its tissues, providing it colour and nutrients. Exposing its white skeleton, bleaching leaves coral more vulnerable to disease.

In November, it was announced that the Reef had suffered its largest die-off on record. Its northern section was estimated to lose 67 percent of its shallow water corals. Coral can recover from bleaching, provided it’s not exposed to further stresses.

The bleaching event was caused by global warming and an El Nio event, but additional pollutants near the Great Barrier Reef are unwelcome under any circumstances.

“Beginning your first moments as a hatchling beside a lump of coal is not the best start to life,” Leck said.

UPDATE: Feb. 9, 2017, 5:12 p.m. AEDT Comment added from Kathryn Berry.

Source: http://mashable.com/

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Turtle that ate nearly 1,000 coins has died after surgery complications

The Thai sea turtle that lived in a wishing pond and ate nearly 1,000 coins over the years has died.

The 25-year-old turtle, named Omsin (Thai for “bank”) was found with an engorged stomach full of coins back in February. She had a reportedly successful seven-hour surgery, but went into a coma later due to complications, the vet who operated on her said on Facebook.

Omsin died on Tuesday morning.

She lived in Si Racha, a town on the east coast of Thailand. The coins were thrown into the wishing pond for good luck by visitors.

After the coins were removed, she developed blood poisoning and serious intestinal problems. Her vet, Nantarika Chansue, said her intestines had twisted around itself in an effort to adjust to the empty space that was originally occupied by the coins, causing what is termed a “volvulus.”

An emergency corrective operation was conducted but Omsin slipped into a coma after, she said.

The coins also caused the turtle’s blood to have a heavy metal concentration at 200 times the normal rate, which led to slow recovery.

They had stuck in Omsin’s belly as a 20 x 23 x 30 cm (7.8 x 9 x 11 in.) lump, which was pressing down on her other organs and preventing her from diving, breathing or eating properly.

Image: NantarikA Chansue/Facebook

The turtle had been scheduled to be returned to a turtle pond managed by the Royal Thai Navy on March 23.

“We did our best, but it was not good enough,” Nantarika wrote. “Thank you for being my friend, Bank.”

Source: http://mashable.com/

Image of baby sea turtle surrounded by coal stirs environmental fears

A turtle hatchling on East Point beach, surrounded by coal.
Image: Lance Payne

Scientists and environmental advocates are up in arms after lumps of coal were found washed up on beaches around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Showing what’s at stake for vulnerable marine life, a local found a turtle hatchling next to a lump of coal on East Point Beach in Mackay, Queensland and shared the pictures.

Lance Payne spotted the hatchling while wandering the beach early this week. Though he’s not part of any environmental group, he felt compelled to share what he saw with authorities. He says the beach is covered in bits of coal and what he believes to be fine black coal dust.

“It’s very alarming,” he said. “There’s coal, potential coal dust and plastic pollution from the streets. “All these awful things happening on the one beach.”

While its effect on turtles is not known, scientists regard coal as potentially having a detrimental affect on some marine plants and animals.

Kathryn Berry, a PhD candidate at James Cook University in Queensland, has studied the effects of small coal particles on tropical organisms, including corals, fish and seagrass, in aquarium environments. A 2015 report was published in Nature.

She said that contamination by small coal particles can lower coral survivorship as well as fish and seagrass growth rates.

“There are different ways that coal can cause harm to plants and animals,” she explained. “The direct physical effects include smothering and abrasion of plant and animal tissues. When small coal particles are suspended in the water, light levels can be reduced, meaning there is less light reaching plants that require it to photosynthesize.”

Image: Lance Payne

Measuring the potential impact of coal contamination is complex, she added, because it depends on the amount of coal spilled and the size of the coal particles. Around the Reef, in particular, there is little data on how much coal is entering the water and where it is going.

“It is simply not good enough for coal to be washing up on beaches in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area,” WWF Australia head of oceans Richard Leck said in a statement. “Coal is a potentially toxic material for marine life and must be managed in a way that stops it ending up in Reef waters.”

The WFF is calling for a government investigation into the matter, as well as infrastructure changes to prevent coal spillages at nearby mining ports.

Payne’s photo comes as the Queensland government found a coal spillage at a mining port in waters near the Reef, ABC reported. The coal appears to have spilled from one of the ship loaders at Hay Point Coal port, as well as spillages from trestles carrying the coal to ship loaders.

The WWF said coal has washed up at East Point Beach and Louisa Creek Beach, not far from the Hay Point Coal port. Environment Minister Steven Miles told the ABC it was not yet possible to say whether Hay Point was the source of the coal.

The federal and Queensland state governments have given the go-ahead to a number of coal ports close by the Reef, including the Abbot Point coal terminal. The terminal will serve the Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, which will be one of the world’s largest if completed.

Image: Lance Payne

A coal spillage near a World Heritage-listed marine park is always unwelcome, but parts of the Reef are also recovering from a global coral bleaching event.

When stressed by environmental factors such as rising water temperatures and pollution, coral can expel the algae that lives in its tissues, providing it colour and nutrients. Exposing its white skeleton, bleaching leaves coral more vulnerable to disease.

In November, it was announced that the Reef had suffered its largest die-off on record. Its northern section was estimated to lose 67 percent of its shallow water corals. Coral can recover from bleaching, provided it’s not exposed to further stresses.

The bleaching event was caused by global warming and an El Nio event, but additional pollutants near the Great Barrier Reef are unwelcome under any circumstances.

“Beginning your first moments as a hatchling beside a lump of coal is not the best start to life,” Leck said.

UPDATE: Feb. 9, 2017, 5:12 p.m. AEDT Comment added from Kathryn Berry.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/08/turtle-hatchling-coal-great-barrier-reef/

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtles/

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-rescue/