stumpytheorca:

—-   Hatchings on their way to the ocean (Image credit: Flickr user Jeroen Looye)

Wet beaches drown sea turtles
Climate changes may be wreaking havoc on the beaches where leatherback sea turtles nest. As sea levels rise and rain pounds on the sand, sea turtle nests get soggy. This could spell trouble for the charismatic reptile, which at six feet long, is the largest living turtle.

Under field and lab conditions, the scientists counted the number of live hatchlings that emerged. They then unearthed the nests to count the embryos that never hatched. Together, these numbers provided an overall survival rate for each incubation condition. A clear trend emerged: the wetter the sand, the lower the survival rate. On the wettest parts of the beach, no hatchlings survived at all.

These results, which will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, are not entirely surprising to scientists. According to Richard Reina, a marine biologist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, the connection between climate change and lower hatchling survival rate was a “fairly easy inference to draw,” given previous knowledge of climate change’s effects on beach moisture.

kellynn23:

Big boy problems. Gus is stuck. That is what he gets for stealing Hazels hide. #tortoise #reptile #redfoot #turtle

Off Camera Hazel is wondering if she could rent out the extra space in her new log. Grass is always greener, Gus!  (Zoya is pretty glad she’s an only tort right about now..all the hides are hers! )

hyariko:

School field trip for Environmental Science class!!

Sea turtles are the cutest! 🙂

Awww that little one likes ya! 

hyariko:

School field trip for Environmental Science class!!

Sea turtles are the cutest! 🙂

Awww that little one likes ya! 

hyariko:

School field trip for Environmental Science class!!

Sea turtles are the cutest! 🙂

Awww that little one likes ya! 

rhamphotheca:

Illustrated Evolution of the Turtle Shell

Evolution of the turtle shell based on developmental and fossil data. This animation is based on the work of Dr. Tyler Lyson, currently at the Smithsonian Institution. The animation shows how various fossils, particularly Eunotosaurus and Odontochelys, bridge the morphological gap between a generalized animal body plan to the highly modified body plan found in living turtles.

The paper, published in Current Biology, can be found here.

Animation by Stroma Studios

andtototoo:

Got to tortoise sit this lil lady
thebeachbumm‘s pride n joy

Basking in your own glory! 

littleveterinarystudent:

7/8/2014 – It was a quiet day in the clinic ‘Exotic Animals’ so I decided to walk one of the sick turtles. This turtle didn’t like being inside, but he did like it outside! Started eating lots of clovers and slowly walking around a bit. He sure enjoyed his afternoon, and so did I!

Look how happy he is! You WIN for making that tortie’s day! <3 

littleveterinarystudent:

7/8/2014 – It was a quiet day in the clinic ‘Exotic Animals’ so I decided to walk one of the sick turtles. This turtle didn’t like being inside, but he did like it outside! Started eating lots of clovers and slowly walking around a bit. He sure enjoyed his afternoon, and so did I!

Look how happy he is! You WIN for making that tortie’s day! <3 

littleveterinarystudent:

7/8/2014 – It was a quiet day in the clinic ‘Exotic Animals’ so I decided to walk one of the sick turtles. This turtle didn’t like being inside, but he did like it outside! Started eating lots of clovers and slowly walking around a bit. He sure enjoyed his afternoon, and so did I!

Look how happy he is! You WIN for making that tortie’s day! <3 

smallcomic:

no ET comic this week.  There’s one page left so we’re going to be posting smallie gif and fan art every couple days or so until that fateful day arrives.

Here is a nice little gif of Smallie going to the bathroom. But he is quite cleanly so it’s all right 😉 He cleaned up that mess like a proper tortoise. 

check out ET’s new separate Tumblr!  http://theeternaltortoise.tumblr.com/

We’re in the process of reblogging all the pages for you,

I love this so much there aren’t words. Make that poo Smallie! 

I am so inspired I’ve written my own zen proverb to accompany it!

The size of the tortoise is not discovered by measuring its shell, what lies within is most often what astounds all of the senses. (GIANT POO!)