Turtles

Conflict in paradise: unlikely Australian eco-warrior clashes with locals over fate of green sea turtles

Jared Lynch An unlikely eco-warrior is on a mission to preserve an endangered species on a lonely Coral Sea atoll.

Turtles v goannas: Conservationists help hard-shells

Researchers are working to protect the nests of endangered loggerhead turtles.

Cameron Atfield A trial to make turtle nests goanna-proof has saved an estimated 1200 eggs in central Queensland.

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Hotter climate could turn sea turtles all-girl

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Peter Hannam Sea turtles are likely to be beneficiaries of a warming climate as hotter incubation conditions trigger a rising share of female hatchlings that could lift natural rates of population growth, new...

Turtles and unexploded bombs prove to be happy bedfellows

A Flat Back turtle lays her eggs in the sand dunes on Bare Sand Island next to a UXO marker left by the Dept of Defense on Saturday night , a former RAAF bombing range off the NT coast, the island is undergoing UXO clearance and will revert to become a prominent turtle hatchery.
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Deborah Smith This dry season, the cycle of life has continued as normal for the flatback sea turtles that nest on Bare Sand Island, a deserted patch of sand dunes off the coast west of Darwin.

Plastic greatest danger for marine turtles

New research from the Earthwatch program Turtles in Trouble shows that 36 per cent of marine turtles are affected by marine rubbish, with soft plastic being the major villain.

More endangered turtles found

A new population of endangered broad-shelled turtles has been found in billabongs in northern Victoria after record rains.

Endangered baby turtles back in wild

Four critically endangered baby loggerhead turtles have been returned to the ocean off the Gold Coast.

Endangered pig-nosed turtles sent home

A baby pig-nosed turtle

About 600 turtles with pig-like snouts, believed to have been caught in the wild in Indonesia, have been returned home.

Man pleads guilty to smuggling turtles

A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 55 live turtles and tortoises into the United States by hiding them in snack-food boxes.

Baby animals spring up all around Canberra

Llamas, photographed at Alpaca Magic, Sutton.

Jil Hogan In the animal world, spring means babies.

Orphaned wombat Chloe melts hearts at Taronga Zoo

Chloe being fed by zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

Steve Jacobs Chloe loves to chew on shoes and to hide between the boots of her surrogate mum, zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

Taronga Zoo staffer becomes surrogate dad to wallaby baby

Taronga Zoo education co-ordinator Matt Dea with rescued wallaby joey Alkira.

Steve Jacobs A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.

Great Barrier Reef 'facts' TV ads ignore dredge dumping risks

Jon Brodie, James Cook University New “Reef Facts” commercials are currently airing during prime-time television shows in Australia, purporting to tell the “facts” about the environmental health of the Great...

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Turtle's chances soar with prosthetic fin modelled on wings of F-22 Raptor

The green sea turtle swims with a prosthetic fin at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Michmoret, Israel.

Alon Bernstein A badly injured sea turtle's prospects are looking up — thanks to a new prosthetic fin designed by an Israeli team and modeled after the wings of a US fighter jet.

Anglers warned to look out for illegal yabby traps in ACT waterways

Megan Gorrey Canberra anglers have been urged to look out for illegal yabby traps which have been spotted in territory tackle shops, and pose a serious threat to native wildlife.

Obama announces marine sanctuary in Pacific Ocean

Protecting the Pacific: President Barack Obama to declare a new marine sanctuary.

Coral Davenport In an effort to protect diverse habitats of coral reefs, whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and numerous fish species from commercial fishing and other activities, President Barack Obama announced...

Obama unveils huge Pacific sanctuary as Leonardo DiCaprio gives Australia a blast

Leonardo DiCaprio

Coral Davenport US President Barack Obama reveals plans for a two million square-kilometre sanctuary in the Pacific as Australia comes under criticism for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef from a Hollywood...

Jellyfish winning the fight for food - against humans

Jellyfish

Peter Hannam When it comes to jellyfish on Australian beaches, getting stung may be the least of our worries.

Marine ecologists urge rethink of shark netting after fatal attack

Shark sign

Lucy Carroll The use of shark netting in NSW is a ''drastic measure'' that damages sea life and prevents few deaths, say marine ecologists.

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

The Great Barrier Reef

Michael Green Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.