Those aren’t the pedals of a particularly exotic flower, they’re the papillae inside a Loggerhead turtle’s throat.
Are you ready for sea turtle swimsuit diapers? Okay!
Last week, we learned that thousands of selfie-snapping garbage humans drove hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles away from their nesting grounds in Costa Rica. But the turtles are back, and this time, the Costa Rican government isn’t messing around.
Hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles came ashore on Ostional Beach to lay their eggs, but thousands of tourists were already there, doing nearly everything you’re not supposed to do around a threatened species attempting to reproduce.
Ecologist Barbara Schroeder is the National Sea Turtle Coordinator (!) for NOAA, overseeing the conservation and recovery of turtles in U.S. waters. In honor of National Sea Turtle Week, she’s hosting an AMA over at /r/science. Got a question about sea turtles? She’ll be answering questions from 2:00 pm—4:00 pm ET.
Two groups of healthy green sea turtles are thriving off the coast of Peru. This is hopeful news, as these turtles are part of an endangered group and their numbers were shrinking. It seems that protecting their habitats has worked, and their populations are growing again.
Filmmaker Leon Duplay's short film shows over 150 turtles hatching, being helped to the see by residents of Lankayan Island in Malaysian Borneo, and then swimming for their lives. These little guys are adorable!
Over on its website, the New England Aquarium has archived all of its ad campaigns from the past six years. And some of them are truly great.
More than 160 years ago, paleontologists found a partial fossil of a 70-million-year-old giant sea turtle, the only known example of its particular species. This week, they found the other half.
At the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, aquarium officials reenacted Aesop's race between the tortoise and the hare.