This video from the USA says about itself:
High quality rare video of baby loggerhead sea turtles hatching out of a nest and running across a Sarasota, Florida beach and into the Gulf of Mexico during the night of September 26, 2006. Video shot with permission using invisible infrared red light to prevent any effect on the turtles.
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to these or other turtles. This hatch occurred during a significant Red Tide outbreak (Karenia brevis algae bloom) and the baby turtles had to climb over some dead fish killed by the red tide in order to reach the water.
From The News in Pakistan:
Loggerhead Turtles nesting in Pakistan
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Renowned turtle expert Nicolas J Pilcher, who was in Pakistan for a seminar on threats to the turtles in Pakistan, has confirmed that a third species of turtles, the Loggerhead was also nesting on Karachi shores.
Until now the only two species recorded nesting in the country were the green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and a smaller number of Olive Ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea). By far, the most widespread nesting is by the green turtle, from the eastern shores of Sindh all the way to the western shores of Balochistan.
Recent findings by the IUCN Pakistan team, under the auspices of the Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development Project, have documented this third species, the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) nesting at Daran beach, some 11 km South East of Jiwani.
Positive identification of the adults and hatchlings was made by Dr. Nicolas Pilcher, Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and a long time turtle researcher and conservationists. Some sixty nests were recorded during 2009, and the work will expand in the coming months to determine, just how extensive is this nesting.
Loggerheads are known to nest in large numbers in Oman, on Masirah Island, and a small number nest in Yemen, but this is the first record of Loggerhead nesting in Pakistan. This latest discovery expands the nesting range for Loggerheads and raises their survival outlook, in a climate where critical nesting habitats are being rapidly eaten up by development.
The discovery also manifest the known diversity of wildlife in Pakistan as well as its richness to host rare species. Pakistan used to host substantial numbers of Olive Ridleys along the shores of the Sindh province, but most of these have ceased coming in to nest. Commercial fisheries are the main reason for this decline; with over 1900 active trawlers operating just offshore, turtles have been accidentally lost to fishing nets.
Trawling for shrimp and fish is known as one of the major causes of sea turtle mortality. Luckily for the Loggerheads, Sindh-based commercial fisheries do not generally operate as far away as the western end of Balochistan, and have avoided the threats. Turtles can be saved from drowning in fishing nets through the use of Turtle Excluder Devices, clever adaptations to nets, which allow fish and shrimp to enter the net and for turtles to escape through a special opening. For the past several decades marine turtle conservation programs have been underway in Pakistan. Most noticeable is the work undertaken in the Sindh Province, on Sandspit and Hawkes Bay, where thousands of turtles have been protected through hatchery enclosures.
‘Less than 1000 turtles left on Pakistan’s shores’ – The Express Tribune: here.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 18, 2010) — Spanish scientists have studied interactions between the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and fishing gear such as longline hooks used at the water surface, mass beachings, and the effects of climate change on these animals. In order to reduce captures of this marine species without causing economic losses for fishermen, the scientists are proposing that fishing in the summer should only be carried out by night and in areas more than 35 nautical miles from land: here.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2010) — With loggerhead sea turtle nests in dramatic decline, researchers would love to know more about where the turtles go, and what they eat, so they can better protect the creatures’ habitat: here.
This is a loggerhead turtle video from Australia.
Help a turtle out – support loggerhead protection: here.
Loggerheads are more than threatened – they’re endangered. Let’s call it like it is: here.
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