Biologists trying to combat fungal disease being found in Blanding’s turtles; DuPage testing to be done this summer – Chicago Tribune

Biologists have been working for three decades on a recovery project for the endangered Blanding’s turtle throughout the state, including DuPage County, as numbers declined due to an increase in predators and habitat destruction. Now the species faces a new threat: a fungal disease that eats through the shell creating a Swiss cheese effect. Recently, … Read more

Meet the Researchers Working to Save Wood Turtles | Smithsonian Voices

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Wood turtles are made for their environment. They blend in with muddy rocks in the streambed and disappear into the shadows of fallen trees. Juvenile wood turtles with dirt-caked shells look just like decaying leaves floating downstream. Unfortunately, wood turtles can’t rely on natural camouflage alone for survival. … Read more

We Just Got Closer to The Secret of How Turtles Navigate in The Open Ocean

How sea turtles and other aquatic life find their way across the open ocean, far from any real navigation aids or natural signposts, has long intrigued biologists. Now, a new study reveals that turtles have basic geomagnetic steering built in – but they’re still mostly relying on luck and perseverance to find a destination. Scientists … Read more

Biologist fighting plastic pollution to save sea turtles wins ‘Green Oscar’

Estrela Matilde, a conservation biologist and executive director of the NGO Fundação Príncipe, has won a Whitley Award, for her work to save sea turtles in the tiny African nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Fundação Príncipe has been working since 2015 to conserve the island or Príncipe’s biodiversity by working with the local community … Read more

Sunlight’s healing effects help imperiled green sea turtles with tumors – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A new study by Florida Atlantic University researchers is literally shedding “light” on a way to improve the health of endangered green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) prone to a disease called fibropapillomatosis. Affecting about 60 percent of sea turtles in some sub-populations, juveniles are most susceptible to this disease that causes the growth of large … Read more

Endangered green turtles are bouncing back in the Aldabras, Seychelles

When Jeanne Mortimer first came out to Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles to survey endangered green turtles, there was barely any activity. She would walk the 1.2-mile stretch of beach and encounter one, maybe two, turtle tracks. It was the early 1980s, more than a decade since the island banned turtle hunting in 1968, and … Read more

Underwater noise causes hearing loss in turtles – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Underwater noise pollution is causing turtles to experience hearing loss that can last from minutes to days, say researchers who will present preliminary evidence of the effects of intense noise on turtles on 4 March at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting, being held online from 24 Feb through March 4 Underwater noise pollution is causing … Read more