Thursday, October 27, 2011

Turtle Of The Great Barrier Reef Catching Herpes "What the"?

The green turtle is common in Watamu Marine ParkImage via WikipediaTurtle Of The Great Barrier Reef Catching Herpes?
Far out it sounds hard to believe, but apparently these guys are getting sick!
scroll down to watch the video and view the article below to find out more!
Swimming with Sea Turtles - Great Barrier Reef
This green sea turtle kept coming back for another back-scratch. It "wiggled like a cat" when we scratched its shell. He was fit, healthy and very quick when he wanted to be. After about 20 minutes we had to swim away from him.

Herpes like virus sickening sea turtles in Australia Article

A herpes-like virus has sickened sea turtles on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and marine researchers are still at a loss as to why the turtles have become infected with the virus, known as fibro-papilloma. In an effort to determine why the virus has attacked the sea turtles, of which six species call the Great Barrier Reef home, researchers have started tagging healthy turtles off the north Queensland coast, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The tags will monitor the migration of the turtles and the researchers hope that this will help them to determine where the disease is coming from.

In related news, World Wildlife Fund Australia has partnered with James Cook University to help the Great Barrier Reef marine turtles, which have endured a variety of maladies, both natural and man made.
"Sadly extreme weather events earlier this year in Queensland have taken a serious toll on green turtles with the loss of food sources in many areas adding to existing threats from net entanglement and disease," WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said in a prepared statement.
"This has inspired us to seek new ways of working with leading science and turtle health agencies like James Cook University so we can ensure the Great Barrier Reef remains one of the world’s best sanctuaries for green turtles."

The partnership will enable both entities to care for sick and injured turtles in the region, perform research on turtle health and disease, and to push for the establishment of areas of protection for the turtles. The partnership has a heavy workload ahead, as approximately 1000 turtles were found stranded on the coast, most dead, between January and September of this year. Last year, there were 538 strandings/deaths during the same period. Those that were found alive were so sick that emergency care was required.
View original article by the reptile channel here

As you can see from the story above this is quite an issue!
I really hope the scientist can find an answer or nature sorts itself out!
I really love Turtles as you may of seen in previous posts!

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