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Yadua Island Journal: On a Fijian Island, Hunters Become Conservators of Endangered Turtles

Yadua Island Journal: On a Fijian Island, Hunters Become Conservators of Endangered Turtles

Pita Qarau catching a hawksbill turtle to monitor its health on the Fijian island of Yadua in November.
Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells

Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells

An artist’s rendering of a 150-million-year-old turtle that was able to retract its head partway into its shell by pulling its neck straight back.
Meet Diego, the Centenarian Whose Sex Drive Saved His Species

Meet Diego, the Centenarian Whose Sex Drive Saved His Species

Diego the giant tortoise has fathered hundreds of progeny — welcome news for his species, which nearly went extinct in the 1970s.
Global Health: Turtles Bred for Food in Asia Can Transport Cholera

Global Health: Turtles Bred for Food in Asia Can Transport Cholera

A Chinese soft-shell turtle. Scientists have found that turtles like these may carry cholera.
Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

The Galápagos are an archipelago of 20 islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution there in 1835.
How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

“On the last day of my assignment in the Galápagos, I noticed a couple of tortoises on the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the airport. I asked my driver to stop the car.”
How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

“On the last day of my assignment in the Galápagos, I noticed a couple of tortoises on the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the airport. I asked my driver to stop the car.”
Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

Unlike many endangered vertebrates, sea turtles seem to be making a recovery, thanks to decades of conservation efforts.
Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

Unlike many endangered vertebrates, sea turtles seem to be making a recovery, thanks to decades of conservation efforts.
Trilobites: Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction

Trilobites: Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction

The Burmese star tortoise was declared functionally extinct in the early 2000s, but conservation efforts have helped the species make a comeback.
Trilobites: Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Trilobites: Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

A loggerhead turtle hatchling headed for the sea. Hurricane Irma wiped out large numbers of leatherback and loggerhead turtle nests in Florida last month, significantly denting this year’s projections
Trilobites: Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Trilobites: Many of Florida’s Sea Turtle Nests Were Destroyed by Hurricane Irma

A loggerhead turtle hatchling headed for the sea. Hurricane Irma wiped out large numbers of leatherback and loggerhead turtle nests in Florida last month, significantly denting this year’s projections
Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Flipping over is a perilous hazard for the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands.
Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

Flipping over is a perilous hazard for the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands.

Turtle Treadmills, a Novel Test For Stamina

Hatchling sea turtles are sturdier than you may expect. They get their endurance from a stop-and-go crawling style.

ScienceTake: Beach Crawling Doesn’t Tire Out Baby Sea Turtles

When hatchling turtles tackled a treadmill, their stop-and-go style of crawling kept them fresh enough for a big swim to the Gulf Stream.

ScienceTake: Beach Crawling Doesn’t Tire Out Baby Sea Turtles

When hatchling turtles tackled a treadmill, their stop-and-go style of crawling kept them fresh enough for a big swim to the Gulf Stream.
More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise

More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise

A green sea turtle hatchling emerging on Heron Island off the coast of Australia. A new study suggests that the male green sea turtles of the Great Barrier Reef are disappearing.
More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise

More Female Sea Turtles Born as Temperatures Rise

A green sea turtle hatchling emerging on Heron Island off the coast of Australia. A new study suggests that the male green sea turtles of the Great Barrier Reef are disappearing.
He Traded a Tortoise for a Turtle. He Got 6 Months in Jail.

He Traded a Tortoise for a Turtle. He Got 6 Months in Jail.

Millenium, a 17-year-old African spurred tortoise, was stolen last July from his enclosure at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens.