FILE - This May 13, 2008 file photo shows a box turtle at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge near Cape Charles, Va. Two flight attendants for a Chinese airline were fined and ordered to leave the United States within 72 hours for attempting to smuggle nearly two-dozen spotted and box turtles in a carry-on bag from Los Angeles to China. On Monday, July 23, 2018, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero ordered Chinese nationals Huaqian Qu and Renfeng Gao to pay $5,500 each to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before returning to China within three days. (Chris Tyree/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)
July 23, 2018 - 4:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two flight attendants for a Chinese airline were fined and ordered to leave the United States within 72 hours Monday for attempting to smuggle dozens of spotted and box turtles in carry-on bags from Los Angeles to China. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero ordered Chinese...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2001 file photo, a sperm whale calf swims next to its mother and a pod of sperm whales, about four miles off the coast of the Agat Marina in Guam. Spain says it will create a marine wildlife reserve for whale and dolphin migration the Mediterranean Sea in which prospecting for fossil fuels will be prohibited. The Spanish government announced on Friday, June 29, 2018 that the protected area will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland. The species Spain hopes to protect are Fin whales, sperm whales, grey sperm whales, pilot whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins and loggerhead turtles. (AP Photo/Guam Variety News, Chris Bangs, File)
June 29, 2018 - 2:31 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area. The Spanish government announced Friday that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909...
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In this photo taken in May 2018 in Canada and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, a Canadian wildlife officer inspects a Polar Bear pelt for trade compliance. International police agency Interpol said a giant operation against illegal trade in wildlife and timber resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures and the identification of 1,400 suspects across the world. (Interpol via AP)
June 20, 2018 - 9:57 pm
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, April, 24, 2018 and supplied by The Wildlife Alliance, a critically endangered radiated tortoise is recovering from capture by wildlife traffickers in Madagascar at feeding time at a wildlife facility where it is being taken care of by international conservationists. More than 10,000 of the tortoises had been crammed into a home in Toliara, Madagascar, with no access to food or water until police found them. The radiated tortoises had likely been poached for the illegal pet trade, possibly in Asia. (Susie Bartlett / The Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
May 02, 2018 - 3:36 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are...
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April 13, 2018 - 9:55 am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Research at the University of North Carolina shows genetic evidence supporting how loggerhead sea turtles use the Earth's magnetic fields to navigate back to the beaches where they were hatched. A study published Thursday in the journal Cell Biology shows that magnetic...
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March 16, 2018 - 3:15 pm
PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on turtle eats puppy (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Idaho officials have euthanized a snapping turtle at the center of an investigation over whether a biology teacher gave it a sick puppy to eat in front of students. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture in a...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife shows a king cobra snake hidden in a potato chip can that was found in the mail in Los Angeles. Rodrigo Franco was sentenced to five months in federal prison on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, for smuggling three highly venomous king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters through the mail. In a plea agreement, Franco admitted smuggling another 20 cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)
January 23, 2018 - 1:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man was sentenced to five months in federal prison for smuggling three highly venomous king cobra snakes through the mail in potato chip canisters. In a plea agreement, Rodrigo Franco acknowledged smuggling another 20 cobras into Los Angeles, but he said they all...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, a rare leatherback sea turtle named Yawkey moves off the beach and returns to the the Atlantic Ocean at Isle of Palms, S.C., after it was treated at the South Carolina Aquarium. Federal ocean managers are collecting information and comments until Feb. 5, 2018, on a petition from a fishing group asking it to move the leatherback off the United States list of endangered animals. Leatherbacks live all over the world's oceans and have been listed as endangered by the U.S. since 1970. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)
January 16, 2018 - 1:20 pm
Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals. An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has received a petition from a fishing group asking that the Northwest...
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January 11, 2018 - 4:26 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some marine animals stunned by cold weather nationwide are warming up at SeaWorld in Florida. In a statement this week, theme park spokeswoman Suzanne Pelisson Beasley said SeaWorld rescue teams are on track to have one of their most active seasons ever. So far, 12 manatees...
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January 09, 2018 - 4:06 am
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say more than 850 "cold stunned" sea turtles have been brought to a Florida facility since a cold snap began last week. Gulf World Marine Institute spokeswoman Sam Tuno told the Northwest Florida Daily News that it's the second largest cold-stunning event in...
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