During his tour of the Caribbean Islands, Harry recently journeyed to a turtle nesting site on Lovers Beach, Nevis. He then proceeded to help five baby turtles, which he’d worked with local volunteers to free from the island’s undergrowth, by releasing them into the sea.
Harry was working alongside Nevis Turtle Group a collection of volunteers who, the BBC reports, comb the beaches of the island on a regular basis in order to find out about the habits of Nevis’ miniature green inhabitants.
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What you see before your very eyes is a phenomenon which is extremely hard to witness in nature. These amazing photographs feature Julia Butterflies (Dryas iulia) drinking the tears of turtles and alligators.
To your possible disappointment, these butterflies are not here to comfort the teary reptiles, but are here to feed on them. This phenomenon is called lachryphagy, which literally means “tear-feeding”, and, as cruel as it may sound, it is one of the ways that butterflies can get precious nutrition.
As reported by National Geographic, butterflies sip on tears to get sodium and other minerals which are needed for egg production and metabolism. While the mutual benefits are not yet proven, as long as the tear-providers are not too bothered, let the feast continue!
Japanese railroad companies recently installed a wonderful way to keep turtles safe when they try to cross their train tracks – a turtle tunnel that passes under the tracks.
When crossing tracks, turtles can get crushed by trains or get stuck in track switches, causing delays. These tunnels solve problems for humans and turtles alike! They were developed in a partnership between Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe and the West Japan Railway Company.
If you get a call from a turtle, don’t be alarmed.
First of all, turtles are delightful creatures, and you should be thrilled to have the privilege of speaking with one. And second, it’s probably just a turtlecall.
Turtlecalls.com — the work of comedian Brian Spaeth — allows you to pay for a deep-voiced man to call your friends, relatives and enemies and pretend to be a turtle. For only $2, the turtle will call once and leave a message if the person doesn’t pick up. For $10, he’ll try three times before leaving a message, and for $20, you can schedule the time the call takes place.
It’s not a prank call, the site says. Rather, “it is a friendship call and it is meant to make a smile happen and not an aggravated face.”
The first turtle call was posted online in 2010, but the service has been on a hiatus since 2011. But the turtle calls are now back “for a limited time,” according to the Turtlecall Facebook page.
Watch the very first turtle call below:
Get turtlecallin’, and let us know how it turns out.
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.
TORONTO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A Canadian man who smuggled 38 turtles in his pants has been given probation, a fine and has been banned from owning such reptiles for 10 years.
According to Canada’s environment department, Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, had tried to bring the reptiles from the United States into the southern part of the province.
“The turtles were contained in plastic bags and taped to Mr. Yan’s legs,” Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a statement on Thursday.
Yan was convicted on Feb. 17 after he was caught during an inspection in 2014 when he tried to enter Canada through the Niagara border crossing, the department said.
Yan’s probation is for two years, and his fine was C$3,500 ($2,600). He was also sentenced to 50 hours of community service and must notify the environment department of international travel. Yan was also ordered to write a letter about his experience “for publication as the department sees fit.”
($1 = 1.3546 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Ethan Lou; Editing by James Dalgleish)
When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!
The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.
Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB
(CNN)Small turtles may be cute but they are making people sick. That was the warning from U.S. federal health officials on Wednesday.
Between January 2015 and April of this year there have been four separate multi-state outbreaks of salmonella associated with touching turtles smaller than four inches long.
In all, 133 individuals in 26 states have become sick. Thirty-eight of those individuals were so ill they were hospitalized, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numbers are expected to rise.
“The outbreak is expected to continue at a low level for the next several months since people might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection from small turtles,” the CDC said in an investigation update detailing each of the four outbreaks.
Children under age 5, adults over age 65 and individuals with weakened immune systems are most at risk of developing severe salmonella infection. Forty-one percent of the ill individuals in this outbreak are under age 5. The youngest patient is aged one and the oldest is 78.
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The FDA banned the sale of these animals in 1975, but outbreaks like this one continue to occur. They ask pet store owners not to sell the reptiles, to wash their hands thoroughly after touching reptiles and all other animals and not to clean aquariums in a sink used for food.
Last month, WHO said reptiles exposed to salmonella may have been exported internationally and asked for countries that import pet reptiles and amphibians to be on the lookout for infected animals.
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.
They’re also hands-down the best devices to use for some sweet scientific voyeurism.
A research team descended on the Gulf of Mexico recently to study the endangered Kemps ridley sea turtles. Not wanting to disturb the skittish sea beasts, the scientists deployed drones to capture their footage.
Needless to say, they got a bit sidetracked by all the green turtle copulation their drones captured instead.
Its not that often you get to talk about turtle porn, Elizabeth Bevan toldHakai Magazine.
Bevan, a doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her research partner were the first to watch the turtles gettin’ busy.
The two researchers inadvertently set the scene by placing a black sheet over themselves to get a better look at their drone footage. That privacy screen was just enough to put the green turtles at ease.
Scientists have discovered that turtle courtship is pretty much just like hooking up at a honky tonk: turtles dance around each other poorly, get a bit feisty, and then awkwardly kiss. In the turtles’ case, they rub throats. Depending on how much you’ve had to drink, you might also do the same thing while trying to score.
Scientists caught the turtles getting nasty a total of seven times. Special shoutouts to the two male turtles who were just looking to experiment and also tried to bang.
Researchers hope to buy an even better drone to further get in on the turtle sex action. They’re still trying to get a glimpse of Kemps ridley sea turtles in coitus, too.
The drone-assisted work of these scientists may open up a whole new genre of specialty porn scientific discovery. The future truly is grand.