Thursday, June 30, 2011

Turtles with a mission

In some seashore towns right now, the signs are up: Turtle crossing. Watch for turtles. Give turtles right of way.

By now, a turtle silhouette usually suffices – that and the visible remains of turtles run over by drivers while they made their slow way across the road.

These diamondback terrapins, who live in coastal salt marshes, were heading for sandy places to lay their eggs. The journey grows harder each year, as their habitat disappears to development and vehicular traffic increases.

Click on the link below to read about turtles who tied up air traffic yesterday at a New York City airport – and were helped on their way.

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