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Carved stone turtle unearthed from Angkor reservoir site

Carved stone turtle unearthed from Angkor reservoir site

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Cambodian archaeologists have unearthed a large centuries-old statue of a turtle at the Angkor temple complexBy SOPHENG CHEANG Associated PressMay 8, 2020, 1:02 AM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodian archaeologists have unearthed a large centuries-old statue of a turtle at the Angkor temple complex. The 56-by-93 centimeter (22-by-37 inch) carved stone turtle believed to date from the 10th century was discovered Wednesday during digging at what was the site of a small temple that had been built on Srah Srang, one of Angkor’s several reservoirs. Researchers pinpointed where the temple had been and workers drained water off to enable the dig, which began March 16, said Mao Sokny, head of the excavation team of the Apsara Aut...
10 years to save ‘world’s most threatened sea turtle’

10 years to save ‘world’s most threatened sea turtle’

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The largest turtle in the ocean, the leatherback gets its name from its tough, rubbery skin.Migrating long distances a year, the turtle can cross the Pacific Ocean.But with threats like getting tangled in fishing gear, the future for one distinct population looks "dire," say conservation groups.At the current rate of decline, the critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback turtle will vanish within 60 years.We have just 10 years left to put measures in place to save it, says a group of conservation scientists and organisations including Fauna & Flora International (FFI)."We have it within our power to protect these animals and enable them to thrive, but all those who have a hand in shaping their future need to work toge...

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

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The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown. The turtle died Saturday afternoon, the Suzhou city government said in a statement, citing the zoo. It said experts have already used technology to collect the turtle's ovarian tissue for future research. The state-run People's Daily reported that the turtle was over 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before she died. A medical examination found the turtle to be...
Blue Planet: Executive producer defends sea turtle hatchling release

Blue Planet: Executive producer defends sea turtle hatchling release

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Media playback is unsupported on your device If you were watching Blue Planet Live on Sunday night you may have been left a bit deflated as the programme came to an end. In the final few moments, six green sea turtle hatchlings were released onto the beach, before one of them was snapped up by a hungry seagull."What happened and the way it played out was unfortunate", Blue Planet Live's executive producer Roger Webb says."It's not for us to interfere.""With a predator with such quick wits and ability - they're always going have their eyes on the prize." Scientist Janine Ferguson released the hatchlings on Heron Island in Australia, along with presenter Liz Bonnin. The Blue Planet Live team said the green sea turtles had been rescued from their...
1st alligator snapping turtle in decades spotted in Illinois

1st alligator snapping turtle in decades spotted in Illinois

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A scientist searching for a young male alligator snapping turtle that was put in a Southern Illinois creek at least a year ago instead grabbed a 22-pound adult female, raising hopes for those trying to protect a creature that hadn't been spotted in the area for three decades. Illinois Natural History Survey herpetologist Chris Phillips called his finding of the turtle, at least 18 years old, a "move in the right direction" in the effort to save the state-endangered species. The discovery was chronicled in an article in this month's Southeastern Naturalist co-authored by Ethan Kessler, a graduate student of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois. "It gives us hope that reproduction is happening," Kessler said. Still, both Kessler and Phillips aren't quit...