Sea Turtles of Okinawa

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How do plastic get stuck in sea turtle nostrils?

By jhjanicki on Wednesday,November 16th, 2016 in Awareness, Biology, Conservation, No Comments

There has been two recent events related to objects stuck in the nostrils of sea turtles which are the product of accumulating plastic debris in the ocean, specifically in the waters of northwest Costa Rica. One is where a straw was stuck in the nostril of an Olive Ridley sea turtle (Robinson & Figgener 2015) […]

Learn about sea turtles in Okinawa – Okinawa Natural Monument Talk Series

By jhjanicki on Monday,October 24th, 2016 in Announcement, Awareness, Conservation, ウミガメ保護, お知らせ, No Comments

On October 22, 2016, as part of a series of talks related to the natural monuments of Okinawa (沖縄の天然記念物シーリズ講演), Dr. Kawazu from the Churaumi Research Center gave a presentation about sea turtles in Okinawa. Specifically, he talked about sea turtle nesting in Japan, the six species of sea turtles that are found in Okinawa and […]

What is CITES and how does it affect sea turtles and other animals?

By jhjanicki on Friday,September 30th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, Research, Wildlife Trade, No Comments

Sea turtles were first included in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1975. At that time, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles were killed every year for international trade. There are three appendices in CITES for which various threatened species are listed and their international trade […]

Reduce your plastic use as a first step to save sea turtles

By jhjanicki on Sunday,August 7th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, Research, No Comments

Most marine debris is made up of plastic, we have over 5.25 trillion particles of plastic in our oceans. Marine animals suffer a lot from our increased consumption of non-biodegradable plastic and from the various practices we undertake. For example, offshore garbage dumping by ships at sea was legal until the 1980s. Massive balloon launches […]

Fibropapilloma – Sea Turtle Tumors

By jhjanicki on Friday,August 5th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, No Comments

Fibropapillomatosis is a potentially deadly disease found in sea turtles caused by a type of herpes virus. If a sea turtle is infected with the virus, they would have cauliflower-shaped tumors that grow on their necks, underbellies, and eyes, as well as internal organs. Though the tumors are usually not cancerous, they affects the turtle’s […]

Maeda Baby Sea Turtle Release

By jhjanicki on Monday,August 1st, 2016 in Announcement, Awareness, Conservation, Event, No Comments

Every year sea turtles nest on beaches between May and July (peak season) here in Okinawa. On Shiyoda beach, due to the construction of a sea wall, if eggs were to be left on the beach, in the event of a typhoon or spring tides they would be soaked and will perish. The Maeda Umigame […]

Illegal turtle trade: first steps to monitoring illegal sea turtle parts

By jhjanicki on Thursday,July 28th, 2016 in Conservation, Wildlife Trade, No Comments

The illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be worth USD7-23 billion a year (TRAFFIC), has now reached significant global proportions and is an increasing threat to biodiversity. Sea turtles are some of the many species affected by this trade, anywhere from turtle eggs, meat, shells or whole turtles are known to be harvested. Reasons […]