Petchary’s Blog reminds us that yesterday marked the 15th Annual Endangered Species Day, and makes a plea for the protection of sea turtles. Here are excerpts: There was a painful, sad post on social media this morning: the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society needs help to save and protect our Sea Turtles. On May 8 and 14, […]Endangered Species Day: Jamaica’s Sea Turtles Are Living on the Edge — Repeating Islands
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This video says about itself: 28 August 2016 After nesting, leatherbacks use their rear flippers to cover their nests. Check out this video from Surinam of a leatherback camouflaging her nest after STC researcher Dan Evans attached one of the new, slim satellite transmitters. From PeerJ: Sea turtles use flippers to manipulate food March 28, […]
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The holidays are a great time to share good times with family and friends. Let’s keep those happy thoughts going with some good news about the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) team in Nicaragua reported a dramatic increase in the nesting of critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles, including the highest nest counts since their conservation project began in 2000!
You’ll be happy to know:
- The total nest count for Hawksbill turtles in the project area in Nicaragua’s Pearl Cays region has increased some 200% from 2000 to 2014!
- Of the areas monitored, poaching rates have decreased by more than 80%!
- Poaching in 2014 was one of the lowest in project history!
- Nest success has averaged approximately 75% this season, with over 35,000 hatchlings going to the sea as of the end of November!
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