Is She Island’s Oldest? Box Turtle Isn’t Telling
Mark Alan Lovewell
The Island’s oldest resident may well live in the woods of West Tisbury. Her name is Boxer.
 
Two nine-year-old girls have seen her. Lucy Hodgson and Amelia Krales saw the ancient woodland traveler at the start of the summer. The old lady was making her way down a narrow path in dense woods under dappled sunlight.
 
She is a very old box turtle.
 
Tom Hodgson, Lucy’s father, has read in science books that a box turtle can live for 130 years.
 
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Sea Turtle Rescue Is Result of Training and Heart
Steve Myrick

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon when Bret Stearns, director of the natural resources department for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), got a call on his mobile phone. On the other end of the line was the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, which had just received a call about a sea turtle in distress about a mile southwest of Menemsha.

Mr. Stearns grabbed one of his assistants, Tyler Moreis, and headed for the water. On the way, they passed Aquinnah harbormaster Brian (Chip) Vanderhoop. They turned around, caught up to Chip, and enlisted his help.

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Scientists and Derby Officials Team Up to Help Save Leatherback Turtles
Noah Asimow
Sea turtle specialists have documented a high number of leatherback turtle boat strikes this summer, including at least one off the Vineyard.
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Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle Relies on Familiar Vineyard Lifeline
Sara Brown
A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle found on Chappaquiddick is recovering at a New England Aquarium care center in Quincy.
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Coast Guard Frees Turtle South of Vineyard
Sara Brown

A crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha Sunday came to the rescue of a leatherback sea turtle entangled in a lobster pot south of Cuttyhunk.

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Sea Turtle Strandings
Suzan Bellincampi
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have a lot of superlatives to their name, but “most likely to succeed” may not one of them.
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Hibernation or Brumation, Some Turtles Turn to Butt Breathing
Suzan Bellincampi
There are some turtles that take their breaths through their other end. Yes, that’s right, not through their mouth, but through their anus.
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Painted Turtles Get Their Moment in the Spotlight
Louisa McCullough
Oscar Thompson has spent the summer chasing turtles for his senior thesis at college. Not known for their speed, painted turtles can still be elusive in their natural habitat deep within the Vineyard's ponds.
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Presidential Turtle
Suzan Bellincampi
Tom Hodgson of West Tisbury has a few turtle tales to tell. 
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Vineyard Resident Helps Give Stranded Turtles Second Chance
Steve Myrick

A seasonal resident of Chilmark stepped up to help stranded sea turtles over the Christmas holiday, arranging for 50 of the endangered reptiles to be flown to warmer waters and rehabilitated.

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