From Turtle Journal in the USA:
Discovery of Endangered Kemp’s Ridley in Springtime Marsh of Outer Cape Cod
Each year dozens of juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, one of the most endangered marine species in the world, get trapped in Cape Cod Bay and wash ashore cold stunned and near death in November and December. Occasionally, a carcass gets trapped under ice or buried in salt marsh wrack, only to resurface in the spring thaw.
On March 18th, Sue Wieber Nourse of Turtle Journal spotted a Kemp’s ridley carcass in the salt marsh of the Fox Island Wildlife Management Area off Blackfish Creek in South Wellfleet on Outer Cape Cod. The Turtle Journal team has been patrolling this Indian Neck salt marsh all winter because it had in the past yielded diamondback terrapins that had become trapped in lethal debris when returning to brumation in its salt marsh channels. Luckily, this year we recorded no such deaths.
Kemp’s ridley turtles satellite tracking: here.
The latest news about sea turtles makes me want to cry. Too many endangered turtles are still getting caught accidentally in fishing gear. Can environmental activists, engineers, the government, and fishermen work together to turn this around? A nascent fishing gear program will put them to the test: here.
Spotted turtles in the USA: here.
Bog turtles: here.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo veterinarians, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program have joined forces to answer a perplexing wildlife question: Why are bog turtles getting sick? Here.
3-Year-Old Female Spotted Turtle Discovered in Abandoned SouthCoast Cranberry Bog: here.
First Basking Diamondback Terrapin of 2012: here.