US govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government.

US govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government.

Truncated beach profile affecting turtles' rookery

Sea erosion, a truncated beach profile and formation of a sand bar close to the nesting ground of Olive Ridley sea turtles off Gahirmatha coast in Kendrapara district are posing to be stumbling blocks for the marine animals to crawl to their favoured nesting grounds.

Green sea turtles recover in Florida, Mexico
Green sea turtles recover in Florida, Mexico

Long considered an endangered species, green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico have bounced back and officials said Friday they are seeking to change the turtles` protected status to "threatened."

Over 90 rare turtles seized by BSF along Bangladesh border

More than 90 rare species of 'black spotted' turtle, widely smuggled for their meat, were today seized by the BSF when they were being illegally sneaked into West Bengal through Indo-Bangladesh border.

Villagers for protection of turtles in Odisha

 Residents of Podampeta, a predominantly fisherfolk village, near the Rushikulya mouth in Ganjam district are engaged in protecting Olive Ridley sea turtles, who are climbing the beach for mass nesting.

Gujarat forest department seizes 77 turtles in Vadodara

Gujarat government's forest department has seized 77 turtles, which were sent to Vadodara from Mumbai illegally and detained one person in this case, forest officials said here Wednesday.

Rare Asian black spotted turtles seized in Bengal

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have seized 185 rare Asian black spotted turtles, worth Rs.1.11 crore in the international market, in Kalanchi in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district while they were being smuggled to Bangladesh.

New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs
New 'Tree of life' puts turtles next to dinosaurs

Refuting the notion that turtles are most closely related to lizards and snakes, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences have now reconstructed a detailed “tree of life” linking turtles to dinosaurs.

Mating Olive Ridleys head to Gahirmatha sanctuary
Mating Olive Ridleys head to Gahirmatha sanctuary

Pairs of mating olive ridley sea turtles have begun emerging on seawaters off Gahirmatha marine sanctuary coast in Odisha, marking the commencement of breeding and nesting season of these endangered aquatic animals.

Odisha imposes fishing ban for turtle nesting
Odisha imposes fishing ban for turtle nesting

The Odisha government Saturday imposed a seven-month fishing ban along its coast to protect endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles which come to the state beaches for mass nesting every winter, an official said.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: Entertaining teen fare
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: Entertaining teen fare

Packed with roller-coaster action, set in New York City, this science-fiction-action-adventure film is a reboot of a Gen-Y franchise that began in 1984 as a comic series, which was later adapted into television shows, video games and films. 

Turtles `talk` to care for young

In a first instance of recorded parental care in turtles, scientists have found that these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young.

230 turtles from India seized at Bangkok airport

Customs officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport here have seized 230 Hamilton turtles packed in four unattended suitcases that arrived on a flight from India, Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.

Endangered turtles seized

Twenty seven endangered turtles, meant for sale to other countries, were today seized in a joint operation by Delhi police, the wildlife department and different groups near a bus stand here.

Turtles yet to arrive for nesting

With Olive Ridley sea turtles yet to arrive at Gahirmatha rookery in Odisha`s Kendrapara district for mass nesting, wildlife personnel are in a spot of bother.

Oil spills can cause heart attacks in dolphins, turtles

Scientists have in a study drawn attention to the previously under-appreciated risks to marine animals from crude oil exposure, and said oil spills can cause cardiac arrest and sudden death of dolphins, turtles and tunas.

Carcasses of olive ridley turtles washed ashore

More than 20 carcasses of Olive Ridleys were Tuesday washed ashore in the coastal stretch between Tarangambadi and Pudupettai in Nagapattinam district, forest officials said.

Rare species of turtles to be released in Sunderbans

A bale of a rare species of Northern River Terrapin or Sunderbans Batagur turtles, which is considered critically endangered across the globe, will be released in the Sunderbans in mid-2014.

Odisha imposes 7-month fishing ban for turtle nesting

A seven-month ban on fishing was today clamped from November one by the Odisha government within 20 km from the river mouths of Dhamara, Devi and Rusikulya in Gamjam district for protecting nests of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.