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Depressing Image Shows Dead Baby Sea Turtle Found with 104 Pieces of Plastic in Its Belly

Sea turtles aren’t made to eat plastic.

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Nature – Images

Interesting Images

From a distance, the beach scene at Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge looked appealing: blue sky, soft sand and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. But as one approaches closer one can see the fatal noose around the turtle’s neck attached to the washed-up beach chair.

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Wildlife

Record Number of Sea Turtle Nests in Florida, USA

“Amazing!” That’s the word turtle rescuers are using to describe the number of sea turtle nests found on Tampa Bay area beaches.

Sarasota and Manatee counties are seeing the highest number of sea turtle nests in 38 years. Mote Marine is tracking 5,063 nests along a 35-mile stretch of beach between Longboat Key and Venice. That includes 4,888 loggerhead nests, 170 green turtle nests, and five others.

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-killing M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’

The Trump administration has reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

The devices spray deadly sodium cyanide into the mouths of unsuspecting coyotes, foxes and other carnivores lured by smelly bait. Anything or anyone that pulls on the baited M-44 device can be killed or severely injured by the deadly spray.

Wildlife

Owls Dying Near Marijuana Farms – California

New research reveals that several species, including the northern spotted owl, are succumbing to rat poison from thousands of “unpermitted private marijuana grow sites” in the northwestern California counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte.

Sea Turtles Under Threat as Warmer Climate Turns Most Babies Female

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Climate change is causing some troubling new phenomena in the animal kingdom, and is most likely the culprit behind a new study discovering that as much as 99 percent of baby green sea turtles in warm equatorial regions are being born female. The study took a look at turtle populations at nesting sites at Raine Island and Moulter Cay in the northern Great Barrier Reef, an area plagued with unprecedented levels of coral bleaching from high temperatures. The researchers compared these populations with sea turtles living at sites in the cooler south. The study found that while 65 -69 percent of the turtles from the southern region were female, between 86.8 and 99.8 of turtles tested in the northern region were female, depending on age.

The sex of green sea turtles, along with some other species of turtles, crocodiles, and alligators, is not regulated by the introduction of sex chromosomes at key points during early development, as seen in humans and other mammals. Their sex is actually influenced by the temperature at which the eggs are incubated, with warmer temperatures more likely to lead to females. The difference between predominately male and predominately female hatchlings is only a few degrees, such as that formerly found between the cool, damp bottom of a sandy sea turtle nest and the sun-warmed top.

Flea Infestation

Fleas from domestic pets now infest wildlife and feral animals on all continents except Antarctica.

A University of Queensland-led global study showed that so-called cat fleas — the main flea species found on domestic dogs and cats — are carried by more than 130 wildlife species around the world, representing nearly 20 percent of all the mammal species sampled. Dog fleas are less widespread and were reported on only 31 mammal species.

The study warns that the fleas have the potential to transmit harmful bacteria back to pets and humans, including those that cause bubonic plague and typhus.

Wildlife

Turtle herpes outbreak at Queensland Island, Australia

Two green sea turtles covered in tumours have washed ashore a bay off Magnetic Island in the past two weeks, victims of a crippling disease spreading through turtle populations.

The turtles were likely part of a larger group surveyed earlier this year just off West Point at Cockle Bay, where half of the green turtle population was found to have large tumours around their heads, eyes and shoulders.

Unpublished results have found the tumours are likely caused by fibropapillomatosis, a disease triggered by a turtle-specific herpesvirus that affects sea turtles across the world likely caused by pollution.

The tumours can grow up to 30 centimetres and while they are benign, they can leave turtles susceptible to other causes of death.

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