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Green turtles can travel immense distances using stored fat reserves. Green turtles can travel immense distances using stored fat reserves. R.D Kirkby & B.S Kirkby

Space tracking reveals turtles' record-breaking ocean swim

A satellite-tracking study of green turtles in the Indian Ocean has rewritten the record books for long-distance marine animal migration, showing that they can travel some 4000 kilometres without stopping…
Garom, a sculpture made from discarded “ghost nets” in the Torres Strait. Garom, a sculpture made from discarded “ghost nets” in the Torres Strait. Australian Museum/Supplied

Ghostly art, made from debris that menaces marine life

With more than half a million people participating in last Sunday’s Clean Up Australia Day, it’s perhaps not surprising that some odd objects came to light. Not all the rubbish was on land, and not all…
Manners please: Eating eating fish with straw? Manners please: Eating eating fish with straw? PLOS ONE

The turtle that ate with a straw

During the Mesozoic Era, between 252m and 66m years ago, the seas were ruled by a vast and intriguing array of reptiles. The most common ones were crocodiles (adapted to swimming in oceans), plesiosaurs…
Don’t be fooled, this little guy will grow to be the largest turtle in the world. Don’t be fooled, this little guy will grow to be the largest turtle in the world. Flickr/Jennie - My Travels

Australian endangered species: Leatherback Turtle

Note: since publishing the Leatherback Turtle has been removed from the critically endangered list. It is now considered to be vulnerable. Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest, oldest…
A female Hawksbill turtle nesting in northern Australia. A female Hawksbill turtle nesting in northern Australia. Scott Whiting

Australian endangered species: Hawksbill Turtle

The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is one of the seven species of marine turtles and one of six in the family Cheloniidae. It is easily distinguished from other turtle species by its beak-like…
The Western Swamp Tortoise was rediscovered in the 1950s. The Western Swamp Tortoise was rediscovered in the 1950s. Nicola Mitchell

Australian endangered species: Western Swamp Tortoise

The Western Swamp Tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) is Australia’s rarest reptile. Originally it was known only from a single specimen collected in 1839 from an unknown location in Western Australia. No…
Eastern long-necked turtles, once common and abundant, are now greatly reduced throughout much of their range. Eastern long-necked turtles, once common and abundant, are now greatly reduced throughout much of their range. Damien Naidoo

Life in the slow lane pushes turtles towards extinction

Turtles are great evolutionary survivors. With their iconic shells and ponderously slow pace of life, they have plodded through 220 million years of natural selective pressures. In the face of forces that…
Warmer temperatures mean more female than male turtles, but it’s not all good news for the guys. Warmer temperatures mean more female than male turtles, but it’s not all good news for the guys. Dave Scriven

Bachelor’s paradise: how will sea turtles cope with climate change?

Many species have dubious futures in the face of climate change. But sea turtles have a particularly pressing problem: their sex is determined by temperature. Australia has ecologically and culturally…

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