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Dragana Biocanin

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Sea turtle release marks major milestone for SC Aquarium



The South Carolina Aquarium and its Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston marked a major milestone on Thursday.

Two loggerhead sea turtles treated were released, bringing the number of threatened and endangered sea turtles rehabilitated at the aquarium’s hospital to 200.

Thousands of people gathered at Isle of Palms to witness what the aquarium calls a once in a lifetime experience.

One of those was little Ayden Cobb from Blythewood.

"I saw a lot of turtles,” he said. “Just two, and they were totally awesome. One was big and one was a little bit small."

His mother drove him down Thursday morning to witness the aquarium make history.

Biologists who treated the turtles, Moon and Marsh, said the release is a big deal for their program.

“It takes months to rehabilitate these sea turtles,” said Willow Bender, a biologist who treated the turtles. “It is a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of community involvement that is part of the whole rehabilitation process. To be able to celebrate that here with everyone today and see 200 turtles back in the wild is really a special moment.”

Marsh was the first turtle released and was carried to the water to protect him from the sand.

"He has shark bite wounds on his flippers so we want to make sure he is not walking on the sand,” said Bender.

The 149-pound turtle was carried out by the woman who rescued it in Huntington Beach State Park a few months ago.

“To see her go back to where she is supposed to be is the best feeling in the world,” said Terry Graham, a stranded sea turtle driver for SCDNR.

Both turtles are returning to the wild faster than expected, according to Bender.

Marsh was at the hospital for three months. Moon was treated for five months before her release.

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5 Ways You Can Save Sea Turtles On Your Holiday



Sea turtles have been around for millions of years. They migrate long distances around the world, feeding on anything from jellyfish to sea urchins and sea grasses, but always return to the same beach they were born on to lay their eggs. The female crawls ashore to lay up to 120 eggs, covers up the nest with sand using her flippers and returns to the sea, never to see her hatchlings.

The hatchlings will emerge from the nest in large groups and make a dash for the sea by following the light of the moon and stars reflecting in the sea. It is estimated that only around 1 in every 1000 of them will reach maturity in about 20 years and they may grow over 80 years old.

The ever increasing demand from tourism for pristine, sandy beaches – often favoured by sea turtles – has been detrimental to turtle nesting habitats worldwide. This development, combined with increasing pollution and by-catch of turtles out at sea, not to mention locations where turtle meat and eggs are still considered a delicacy, has lead to a global decline of sea turtle populations. As travellers, we must travel responsible and protect wildlife.

Making a positive difference for sea turtles in you holidays is as simple as this:

1. Turn Out Lights Visible From the Beach

Sea turtle hatchlings use light and reflections from the moon to find their way to the water at night. Artificial lighting confuses the hatchlings and causes them to head inland instead of out to sea – putting them in dangerous situations which can lead to death. Artificial lights also discourage adult females from nesting on the beach.

So if you are camping near or on the beach, for example, turn off your lights and enjoy the moonlight! Otherwise, take measures to shield, redirect and lower the intensity of the lights you carry with you.
If you have a beach rental on a nesting beach, turn off all exterior lights that face the shore.

2.Think About The Garbage

Sea turtles can become tangled in plastic and trash both on the shore and in the water. Discarded items such as fishing lines, balloons and plastic bags may also be confused for food and eaten by sea turtles, often resulting in injury or death.

Once in the water, “bags float and looks like a jellyfish, which a number of turtles eat,” explained David Godfrey, executive director of Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). “Turtles wash up sick or emaciated or dead and when we examine them we find plastic blocking up the gut track. There are these areas in the oceans called convergence zones, where currents come together, and you get long lines of seaweed, where hatchlings live. They float in that seaweed and find food and protection from predators.”

Take your water and drinks to the beach in reusable stainless steel bottles. And choose biodegradable or reusable containers for food.

Take back every single piece of rubbish and even better, why not picking up rubbish while you are walkabout… In fact, just last week, a disturbing 548kg of rubbish was collected from the coastline running from Shelly Beach to Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

People let’s change this!!

3. Be Aware Of Nesting Areas and Hatching Turtles.

Sea turtles are cute, and therefore tempting to touch and observe – but flashlights and people disturb turtles when they are nesting, or trying to nest, on the beach. Make sure to give nesting areas plenty of space, and do not disturb females as they emerge from the ocean looking for a place to nest. Also be conscious of where nesting areas are so that you can avoid trampling the hatchlings as they head to the water.

4. Wear Eco- Friendly Sun Protection

Sunscreens give off a pretty toxic chemical when you wear them in the water, the film runs off your body and settles into the environment, affecting its chemical makeup. When you have hundreds of people a day swimming and snorkeling in the water, these toxins accumulate — particularly in areas where there are reefs — and it’s bad for plant life and for fish and for the turtles.

Cover up with clothing and use turtle-friendly sunblock. There are a number of products now with ingredients that are benign to the marine environment. Try Brands like Reef Safe and Swox.

5. Buy Properly Fished Seafood

Turtles often migrate through popular fishing areas, and sadly, more than 250,000 are accidentally captured, injured, or killed, according to the STC. The turtles are attracted to the fishing bait and become caught on hooks and in nets. It’s one of the biggest threats against the sea turtle population.

Always get wild-caught seafood from places where the fishermen are using turtle-friendly fishing hooks and turtle excluder devices on nets. They do this in Australia! And if you’re not sure, ask!

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On his visit to the Galápagos Islands, despite making extensive observations on the creatures, Charles Darwin was revolted by the animals' appearance, writing:

"The black lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large, disgusting clumsy lizards. They are black as the porous rocks over which they crawl and seek their prey from the sea. I call them 'imps of darkness'. They assuredly will become the land they inhabit." #galapagos#charlesdarwin   image: Richard Warren

- https://www.quasarex.com/galapagos/animals/marine-iguana
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These tube-like creatures are actually made up of hundreds to thousands of other tiny critters called pyrosomes!
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Check out the cartoony, googly-eyed squid of the species Rossia pacifica that was found by scientists while traversing the coast of southern California.
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A marine coastal studies team has freed two leatherback sea turtles that became tangled in equipment in Cape Cod Bay, and warned mariners to watch out for more of them.

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team at the Center for Coastal Studies said Saturday that there have been increased sightings of leatherback turtles, meaning they’ve likely moved into local waters to forage for jellyfish.

The team says mariners should look for entangled turtles and report the sightings immediately but stay at a safe distance from the animals.

A commercial fisherman Saturday reported a leatherback, about 400 pounds, caught by its neck and front flippers in a buoy line off Wellfleet. Recreational boaters off Truro spotted another turtle entangled in gear. Both had relatively minor injuries and are expected to recover. (AP)
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If you haven't had a chance yet, take a look at what some of our passengers got to witness in the Galapagos Islands! The next 30-seconds won't leave you disappointed... #galapagos #killerwhale #orca  

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmerz194pD8
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Poor baby, he's scared!

#nature #wildlife #seals 
The seal jumped onto the boat and squeezed between the engines to avoid the jaws of the killer whales.
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WOW! That was a close call for that poor little thing. Great capture.👍💜
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New post (Chefs and Their Pets Are Taking Over Instagram) has been published on Adventure Travel
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New post (British Production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ to Set Up Shop Off Broadway) has been published on Adventure Travel
Siobhan McCarthy and Jeremy Secomb in a British production of “Sweeney Todd” at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop in 2015. Credit Rex Features, via Associated Press
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