Turtles

Turtles v goannas: Conservationists help hard-shells

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

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.
Pic Glenn Campbell

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.

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...

Sci-tech

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.

Great Barrier Reef: Governments say world heritage site not in danger from development

Tom Arup Australia has argued it is making substantial progress on the United Nations' requests for better protection of the Great Barrier Reef and that it should not be listed among world heritage sites ''in...

Shell shock

GOOD WEEKEND. TURTLES. Swimming with turtles on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture Paul Harris. Monday 3 March 2014

Tim Elliott The sea turtle, one of the earth's oldest creatures, is facing a battle for survival.

IPCC report: how humans are changing the climate

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Peter Hannam Climate change is real, it's happening and the risks are many and rising, so says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report.

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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...

Turning turtle to find new species

Nicky Phillips ''Come on, take off your clothes and get in.'' Scientist Arthur White is neck-deep in a murky creek about 200 kilometres north of Mount Isa, making me an offer I'd rather refuse.

Mining bigger threat to reef than agriculture, says scientist

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, says one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will...

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...

Rescued sea turtle a long way from home

Green Sea Turtle in Lakes Entrance

Bridie Smith A green sea turtle estimated to be at least 90 years old was the surprise guest among holidaymakers gathered at Ninety Mile Beach over New Year's Eve.