July 14, 2007 |
Malaysia is studying a plan to clone leatherback turtles, an endangered species that scientists believe once swam with dinosaurs, an official said Thursday. The Fisheries Department hopes to embark on a leatherback cloning project that could cost $9 million over the next five years, said Director-General Junaidi Che Ayub. The clones could produce hatchlings to boost the population, he said. Some biologists say the plan is impractical and unlikely to succeed.
August 2, 1987 |
Naturalists lined Atlantic beaches on Saturday to guard the "hatching frenzy" of the loggerhead turtle, a threatened species whose eggs were once sold as aphrodisiacs. Scott Peterson, patrolling this island off the southern tip of North Carolina, said at least two nests were due to hatch sometime early today and naturalists would be on hand to make sure the loggerheads safely reached the ocean.
December 12, 2013 |
One of the trickier problems in animal welfare is stopping the illegal sale of underage rabbits, kittens, turtles, birds and other exotic animals on street corners in Los Angeles. The area outside Santee Alley, the popular and densely filled open-air market for all kinds of wares downtown, has also been the venue of choice for vendors trafficking in these animals. The state of California bans the roadside sale of animals. And it's against the law to sell underage animals that are fragile and need special attention or bottle feeding.
June 29, 2011 |
Maybe the most amazing part of a JFK airport story involving turtles on the runway is that the reptiles now have their own Twitter feed, @jfkturtles , with more than 2,800 followers and many witty tweets. To catch up the slowpokes here: About 150 turtles crawled onto the runway at New York City's JFK airport Wednesday morning, delaying flights as crews cleared them from the tarmac. The incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. New York time, an FAA spokesman told Associated Press. This has happened before at JFK. In July 2009, a runway was shut down when about 80 turtles crawled from the bay to the tarmac, a seasonal event linked to their spawning cycle.
April 24, 2013 |
Consider the baby sea turtle: Just a few inches long, it emerges from its sandy nest and, using the moon as its compass, runs down the sandy beach away from its many predators and into the relative safety of the ocean surf. The faster these little guys run, the more likely they will survive sea gulls, crabs, snakes, rats and a long list of other animals waiting to eat them. And so, these primarily aquatic animals have developed mechanisms that allow them to move at speeds of several body lengths per second on both sandy and firm terrain.
December 27, 2001 |
A conservation group plans to rescue 7,500 turtles that were confiscated in Hong Kong before they could be eaten. The $3.2-million shipment of turtles was seized two weeks ago because most of the animals were considered endangered or otherwise vulnerable. After the turtles are shipped to the U.S., treated and cataloged, the Turtle Survival Alliance will place them in zoos and other centers.