Click below to read an interview with Shari Maurer:
Monday, January 17, 2011
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
1) Anyone who lives near a beach should turn lights off at night-especially those seen from the beach.
2) Never leave beach chairs or other items out overnight. They can entrap nesting sea turtles or hatchings, leading to their death.
3) Never approach or take flash photos of turtles. Lights and noise can hinder turtles' ability to nest or find their way back to the sea.
4)Keep oceans, bays and rivers pollution-free. Take a trash bag with you when you go to the beach and remove any trash you see.
BE SURE TO REPORT INJURED OR DEAD SEA TURTLES, POACHING OF EGGS OR OTHER WILDLIFE EMERGENCIES. CALL WILDLIFE ALERT HOTLINE- 1-888-404-3922
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Click on the link below to read and view a news interview about the good Lambi Fund of Haiti is doing for earthquake victims. If you ever pondered upon making a donation for Haiti relief efforts, Lambi Fund is a good , sound organization to donate to. In this tough economy, I feel confident that every single cent I donate to the Lambi Fund will be used to actually help the earthquake victims. Please feel free to leave comments.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Flippers-pond turtle has flat feet, webbed toes for digging in mud, tearing food, courtship, sea turtle has broad flippers for swimming.
Nostrils-near the top of head so turtle won't have to stick head far out of water to breathe
Ears-no outside parts to slow it down underwater
Did you that the female leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world? This turtle is as big as a single bed and weighs more than a refrigerator. Her skin is thick and rubbery. When she comes to shore to lay her eggs she crawls very slowly because of her huge body. Adults can grow almost as long as 10 feet . In a single year an adult leatherback might migrate 9,320 miles.
This turtle will nest every two or three years and will lay seventy to ninety eggs in each nest. In a single nesting season, she may return to a beach five or six times to lay her eggs.
Leatherbacks are endangered with the greatest threats coming from fishing nets, in which the sea turtle may drown.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Sea turtles migrate for two reasons:
One- Because they are cold –blooded, they need to stay in warm water all year long. When the water gets cold they migrate to warmer waters. Sea turtles are very fast, they can zip through the water 20 miles per hour. They use their strong front legs to glide swiftly through the water with the least amount of effort.
Two- The female sea turtle migrate to a nesting site. One very interesting fact is the female sea turtle have what is called a natural homing instinct. Homing instinct means the sea turtle eventually returns to the beach where she was born to lay her eggs.
Even though sea turtles are very fast in the sea but migrating to land is very hard work for the female sea turtle. It takes a lot of effort for the female sea turtle to slowly drag herself across a sandy beach. After laying her eggs, the female sea turtle returns to the sea.