In the latest edition of What Did The Good Earth Do to Deserve Humanity, some asshats down in Florida have been turning the shells of threatened gopher tortoises into their personal easels. According to Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this needs to stop.
Australian scientists in the midst of investigating a herpes outbreak among green sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef say the blight—which causes abnormal growths on the skin, mouth, eyes, and internal organs—is likely due to pollution.
Baby sea turtles don’t really need our help being adorable, but remarkably, scientists have figured out a way to make the tiny shelled reptiles even more mind-numbingly cute: by hypnotizing them.
Tucker the turtle can’t swim underwater because he has an abnormal build-up of bubbles in his body. To treat his “buoyancy problem,” researchers at Seattle’s Virginia Mason hospital put him in a hyperbaric chamber, making him the first nonhuman patient to receive such treatment.
During a recent night dive near the Solomon Islands, a team of scientists were stunned to discover a glowing hawksbill sea turtle. It’s the first documented case of biofluorescence in a reptile.
The discovery of Pappochelys, a Triassic-era reptile with a set of emerging turtle-like features, is helping scientists fill in an important evolutionary gap.
This National Geographic video taken by researchers using a shell-mounted "crittercam," capturing rare footage of a giant river turtle in Brazil's Amazon basin interacting with its hatchlings underwater.
Putting little blindfolds on turtles has gotten to be a widespread scientific pursuit. Find out all the different ways, and reasons, why you might want to blindfold a creature that's too slow to run away from you.
Happy Year of the Sheep! Here's something you don't see every day: divers performing a Chinese lion dance ... underwater. With a big ol' reptilian buddy providing some verrrry slow backup moves.
Pets don't only help teach kids how to be responsible, they're also a harsh object lesson in the definitiveness of death—unless you go the robot route. Robo-puppies might not be believable just yet, but this tiny robot turtle looks pretty convincing when swimming around inside a tank. And if you find it just floating…
Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons.
Nature has a juvenile sense of humor. That, at first, seems like the only explanation for why certain turtles, among them the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle, breathe through the back end. Both turtles can breathe through their mouths if they so chose.
What do an injured turtle and an F-22 Raptor warplane have in common? In this case, they glide thanks to a very similar wing design.
Sincere apologies in advance for this, but here is a video of two tortoises doing it and I cannot stop laughing. Also cringing. It's not only the video, it's the sound—you're going to want to throw your headphones on, and you're going to want to watch it until the very end—or "climax," if you will. NSFW? (Again I am…
Thanks to millions and millions of years of evolution, sea turtles work. They work well. They can swim stealthily around the ocean, sliding between chunks of coral if necessary. That in mind, it's no wonder the sea creatures are the inspiration for the latest underwater robots.
It sounds poetic, but it's apparently true: in the Amazon, bees and, more often, butterflies, flap around the heads of turtles to drink their salty, salty tears. It's truly a sight to behold.
Meet "Thelma and Louise," a two-headed female turtle just born at San Antonio's zoo. Known as Texas River Cooters, these freshwater turtles are common along the state's rivers. Thelma and Louise are doing fine and can swim along with the other baby turtles.
While in their eggs, turtle embryos move around to find the perfect spot that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And because temperature determines what sex unborn turtles become, the embryos might be able to "choose" their own sex by staying in cooler or warmer areas of the egg, according to a new study.
One of the biggest problems for endangered sea turtles off the coast of Mexico is that they get tangled in fishing nets. But a group of conservationists has figured out a simple way to warn the turtles away from the nets, just by using water-activated LEDs.