Sea Turtle Strandings

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

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

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

Tom Hodgson of West Tisbury has a few turtle tales to tell. 

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Vineyard Resident Helps Give Stranded Turtles Second Chance

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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Leatherback Turtle Rescued South of Vineyard

A team from Coast Guard Station Menemsha helped free a leatherback turtle entangled in fishing gear south of the Vineyard early Friday morning.

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Tough Guy of Turtle Family; Snappers Rule the Ponds

Unlike their smaller relatives, snapping turtles don’t bask in the sun or float in rows on logs. They are both predators and scavengers.

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Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle Rescued on Chappaquiddick

With the help of two ferries and some human rescuers, a cold-stunned sea turtle made its way from a Chappaquiddick beach to the New England Aquarium Monday.

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Make Way for Turtles

During President Obama’s vacation, I was driving down Middle Road in Chilmark because a portion of South Road was closed during his visit. As I was passing by the Keith Farm, the car in front of me suddenly stopped on the right side of the road.

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Back to Sea, Endangered Sea Turtles Receive Royal Sendoff

Benton Wesley hesitated, but once Frank Hardy got the feel of sand beneath his flippers, he made a beeline for the surf, soon disappearing under a crashing wave on the Vineyard’s south shore.

About 10 months after the two rare Kemp’s Ridley turtles washed up on a Cape Cod beach in a hypothermic state, they were returned to the waves off Long Point in West Tisbury Wednesday.

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