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  • China's 300-mile fishing fleet which is visible from SPACE and hoovers up all sea life is decimating endangered species - and plastic waste thrown overboard is polluting the shores of Darwin's Galapagos Islands, scientists warn

    08/02/2020 4:53:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2020 | Jonathan Bucks
    Stretching for miles across the horizon, a vast armada of Chinese fishing boats trawl the pristine waters close to the Galapagos Islands. Ostensibly fishing squid, the real target for the 265-strong fleet are sharks to serve the appetite for expensive fin soup, costing up to £350 a bowl, sold in markets across China and Hong Kong. Night and day, the vessels – many the size of a football pitch – ransack the seabed, scooping up not only whale and hammerhead sharks but other species including turtles and birds.
  • Climate change is turning Florida’s sea turtles female (only 11.47 years left)

    08/17/2019 2:23:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/14/19 | ADRIANA BRASILEIRO
    **SNIP** But Wyneken said that for the past few years, especially since scorching summers of 2015 and 2016, she hasn’t seen a significant difference in the sex ratios of the species in South Florida: It’s girls, girls and more girls, in every nest. And things are getting worse. July was the hottest month ever recorded in the world, coming in slightly higher than the previous record, which was July 2016, according to data from the World Meteorological Organization and the Copernicus Climate Change Service. There were wildfires in the Arctic, a huge ice melt event in Greenland and 90-degree weather...
  • Florida man threatens to destroy everyone... with army of turtles

    04/10/2019 5:57:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    Local 10 ^ | 4/9/2019 | Jeff Tavss
    Thomas Devaney Lane, 61, was arrested for causing a disturbance while threatening to "destroy everyone" with his army of turtles. Lane first started causing trouble at various establishments in Indiatlantic. At least seven calls to 911 were made about Lane's behavior, WKMG reports. Police later apprehended Lane and escorted him to department headquarters, where he began yelling at the dispatcher and pounding on the walls and glass. After leaving the police department, Lane went to a nearby 7-Eleven. It was there that Lane harrassed employees and even called 911, saying “I need to leave now or you will all be...
  • Prehistoric art hints at lost Indian civilisation

    10/01/2018 4:59:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | Monday, October 1, 2018 | unattributed
    The rock carvings -- known as petroglyphs -- have been discovered in their thousands atop hillocks in the Konkan region of western Maharashtra. Mostly discovered in the Ratnagiri and Rajapur areas, a majority of the images etched on the rocky, flat hilltops remained unnoticed for thousands of years... animals, birds, human figures and geometrical designs are all depicted. The way the petroglyphs have been drawn, and their similarity to those found in other parts of the world, have led experts to believe that they were created in prehistoric times and are possibly among the oldest ever discovered. "Our first deduction...
  • Breakthrough as dinosaur DNA structure is recreated by scientists

    08/27/2018 4:07:50 PM PDT · by plain talk · 17 replies
    Daily Star ^ | August 27, 2018 | Rachel O'Donoghue
    Researchers at the University of Kent say their groundbreaking studies unlock one of the greatest mysteries about the prehistoric monsters – why they came in such varied sizes and shapes. It is also said the team’s work will explain how dinosaurs were able to be the most dominant species on Earth for nearly 200 million years. Professor Darren Griffin, who led the research, said they were able to map out the creatures’ genetic code by studying the DNA of their closest living relatives, turtles and birds. It is believed that dinosaurs were so varied in their appearances because they had...
  • Alarmist Scientists Announce the Latest Climate Change Threat: Mutant Transgender Turtles

    01/11/2018 11:51:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    BreitbART ^ | January 10, 2018 | by JAMES DELINGPOLE
    Alarmist scientists have found a terrifying new ‘ climate change’ threat: mutant transgender turtles. Their study, titled Environmental Warming and Feminization of One of the Largest Sea Turtle Populations in the World, warns that global warming could turn the world’s sea turtle populations female, possibly leading to their extinction. The study authors, from NOAA’s Marine Mammal and Turtle division in La Jolla, California, analyzed sea turtle populations on beaches at the northern and southern ends of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • It’s Turtle Light Season!

    11/01/2017 3:51:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 4 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 1 November 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It’s November 1, folks. That means, among many other things, I get to turn on my turtle lights! It’s sadly what they have been called now. It’s just the outdoor landscaping lights. We have to keep them off eight months a year so as not to distract sea turtles hatching from their eggs on the beach. But four months a year, local authorities graciously allow us to turn on our outside lights. I look forward to November 1 every year. And it’ll probably be three months, not long from now, they’ll cut it down, and then they’ll finally say,...
  • Brevard bicyclist killed in crash with turtle

    11/30/2016 12:28:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 67 replies
    News 6 ^ | November 30, 2016
    The fatal accident was reported about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Royal Palm Avenue and Sail Drive in Indian Harbour Beach. Brevard County Fire Rescue crews and investigators were called to the beachside town after the body of David Kervin, 51, was found in the roadway near the motorized bike. “He apparently suffered a head injury and was already deceased when we arrived,” said Don Walker, spokesman for Brevard County Fire Rescue. “It appeared he hit the turtle. He may have also been hit by another vehicle while lying injured." Brevard deputies later said there was no evidence...
  • The Turtles – "It Ain't Me Babe" (Shindig - Sep 30, 1965)

    06/13/2016 7:44:05 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/13/2016 | Staff
    Hope you enjoy. ”It Ain’t Me Babe”
  • The Turtles sing "Elenore" (1968, video)

    06/07/2016 8:28:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/7/2016 | Staff
    ‘Elenore, gee I think you're swell / And you really do me well / You're my pride and joy, et cetera’ Hope you enjoy. ”Elenore ”
  • Marines to spend $50M moving 1,100 turtles, $45,454 EACH

    03/15/2016 11:22:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | March 15, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    The U.S. Marine Corps plans to spend $50 million moving some 1,100 turtles from its training base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., or about $45,454 each. The program includes a 30-year assessment of their efforts to monitor the desert tortoises that are listed as threatened under federal law.According to Marine Corps Times, the tortoises live on a section of the base that is to be used for training. The newspaper noted that the cost is half the price if an F-35B vertical takeoff jet.
  • Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in US

    12/02/2015 6:06:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2015
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the U.S. to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • Baby Turtles Hatch, Tumble, and Swim [video]

    07/09/2015 7:17:00 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
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  • Kim Jong-Un has farmer shot for not producing any lobsters at turtle farm [tr]

    07/07/2015 12:52:41 PM PDT · by pabianice · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/7/15 | Boyle
    Kim Jong-Un said the manager was a 'defeatist' and had him put to death He had been offering field guidance to managers at a terrapin farm The dictator was angered by their inability to breed any lobsters North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ruthlessly executed a 'defeatist' terrapin farm owner after reacting furiously to the farm on a tour in May. Following the embarrassing tour, Kim reportedly lashed out at the owner, promising 'grave consequences' for not producing any lobsters. According to Daily NK, the dictator was enraged by the farm not keeping the tanks clean and allowing several baby...
  • Woman With 650 Turtles in Her Bathroom Has No Clue What to Do With Them

    05/10/2015 8:44:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2015 | Laura Italiano
    Lorri Cramer’s Upper West Side bathroom is “shell” on earth. “I have no idea what I’m going to do with them,” Cramer said Saturday as 620 red-eared slider turtle hatchlings bobbed around in five big blue basins of water. Every one of the golf-ball-sized baby turtles is a skittering speck of contraband — members of a non-native species that’s illegal to sell or release in New York state.
  • Florida 'turtle cam' catches loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings headed to sea

    08/03/2014 5:33:32 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 16 replies
    WPTV ^ | 7-27-04 | Ashleigh Walters
    The race for life begins again. Video at link. With a survival rate (to adulthood) of way less than 1%, you have to admire their spunk.
  • Hundreds of Tortoises to Be Snuffed Out by Their Saviors

    08/27/2013 5:30:07 PM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27, 2013 | Anna Hess
    The sheltered existence of hundreds of desert tortoises will come to a sad and tragic end in early 2014. A lack of funds at The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, located outside Las Vegas, Nevada, will cause the sanctuary to close its doors and euthanize about half of its 1,400 tortoise residents, reports the Associated Press. The facility was created in 1990 when the overdevelopment—namely McMansions, solar plants, and strip malls—of the turtles' native habitats caused the critters to be put on the endangered species list. The center previously upheld a $1 million annual budget, mostly fueled by "raking in funds...
  • Turtle Racing Can Be a Lot More Hazardous Than You Might Think

    07/08/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8 Jul 2013
    It was too little too late for conservation groups that wanted the Bel Air, Maryland, Kiwanis Club to cancel its annual Fourth of July turtle derby last Thursday. According to The Baltimore Sun, the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter on Friday, June 28, requesting the event be canceled because it posed a “threat to struggling native turtle populations and a health hazard to the children handling the animals.” The problem, according to the Center’s Reptile and Amphibian Staff Attorney, is a recent rise in ranavirus, which, according to the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC), has caused die-offs...
  • The Culture Of Corruption Redux

    08/20/2006 6:57:40 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 8 replies · 756+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | 08/20/2006 | Captain Ed
    When the Democrats adopted the "culture of corruption" meme as their campaign theme earlier this year, we noted that the culture hardly respected party lines. The leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, Harry Reid, took contributions from clients of Jack Abramoff and intervened on their behalf at least four times, and Abramoff hired one of Reid's staffers and started holding fundraisers for the Senate Minority Leader in Abramoff's offices. Now COGirl at Hang Right Politics points us towards a Los Angeles Times report on the "culture of corruption" surrounding Harry Reid and a new real-estate development outside of Las Vegas....

    04/07/2013 11:10:05 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies
    self | April 07, 2013 | swampsniper
    I got out with my son in law, got coffee and just rode around. Grandson is at National Guard annual training through this month so it's quiet around here. Even when he is asleep there is a subliminal rumble present LOL, and you miss it when he goes out the door.The ponds were all quiet today, nothing but sunning Red-eared Sliders, Trachemys s. elegant. Believe it or not these are the same turtles they used to sell in dime stores, with the little tank and a plastic palm tree. Last week they were just peeking out of the water, today...