Sea turtles have always been thought to be loners. Turns out, these ocean reptiles may not be total party animals, but they do like to check each other out sometimes. Marine biologist Nathan Robinson studies juvenile green sea turtles in The Bahamas. He designed and built a camera that fits on a sea turtle’s shell. … More Sea Turtle ‘Dash Cam’
Our planet is in a climate and ecological crisis. We need to fight for our lives and the lives of all species. Scientists estimate that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fishes. On my most recent sea turtle expedition, 1/3 of the turtles we caught were infected with the … More Planet in Peril
Wrangling reptiles, sea creatures that swim, in the name of science, grab your mask, snorkel, fins. Turtle Rodeo is the research technique, an ocean adventure not for the meek. Sea turtles spend 99% of their life in the water, which means researchers need to go to the turtle’s turf to study them. Scientists hand capture the … More Susie’s Excellent Island Adventure
I’ll be returning to the Bahamas later this week to work with marine scientists tracking juvenile green sea turtle habitat. Here, I recount my June, 2018 experience. Come along for this wild ride! My expedition as an eco-volunteer with Earthwatch, the global conservation organization, begins on the hot tarmac at Rock Sound airport in Eleuthera, … More Turtle Rodeo
You’ve come to the right place to learn more about sea turtles. I love talking about my eco-volunteer research expeditions and you can listen to my recent radio interview to hear about these experiences. If you’re interested in having me make a presentation at your school, library or other organization, send me a message on my … More Talkin’ Sea Turtles on Riverwest Radio
Tracks in the sand. No, not monster truck tires, but those of an adult female green sea turtle. Each morning in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, dozens of tracks line the beach. Follow them to nesting pits made the night before with only a few humans and the star-studded night sky as their witness.
Last month I spent 8 days as a volunteer at the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Sea turtle eggs have an incubation period of about 60 days. At the 62-63 day mark the nests are excavated to see if the clutch has hatched. Quite often there are a few baby turtles that … More I Saved a Sea Turtle
Mañana, viejo a Tortugueros, Costa Rica trabajar con el Conservation de Tortugas Marinas. Mi fascinación con estas descendientes de dinosaurios empezó hace 30 anos en Isla Mujeres, Mexico cuando tuve un buen vistazo con tortugas verdes. I have logged over 40 miles beach-walking on the shores of Lake Michigan in training for my research work … More Cost Rica Here I Come
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are hunted and killed for their shells to make jewelry, ornamental hair combs, buttons and other luxury items. Sea turtles are in danger of becoming extinct if these illegal practices continue. You can help turn this around: Stop buying these items (opt for a fake or imitation version). http://www.conserveturtles.org/seaturtleinformation.php?page=shell_trade
Did someone mention food? Depending on the species, sea turtles can be animal-eaters, plant-eaters, or both. They don’t have teeth, but their beaks can give clues as to what they eat. The sharp, strong beak of the loggerhead turtle, for example, is great for crushing the shells of crabs and shrimp. A hawksbill’s narrow, pointed … More Chow Time…Do Sea Turtles Have Teeth?