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 private message on … More Talkin’ Sea Turtles on Riverwest Radio
Tracks in the sand. No, not Tonka 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
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?