Die-off of freshwater turtles prompts Florida wildlife agency to investigate
lugares para solteiros em porto alegre The die-off began five months ago.
Karabağlar casino bella vegas Freshwater turtles began turning up dead along the St. Johns River in January. Now about 100 dead or dying turtles have been found in water bodies in Orange, Seminole and Putnam counties. A few reports have come in from other locations, such as Trout Lake near Eustis.
identically empire bingo Examinations of the turtles and tests of their tissues have, at this point, failed to pinpoint a cause of death, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. There were no obvious signs of injury.
autographically ivermectin 3 mg walmart price Now the commission has officially opened an investigation, in collaboration with the University of Florida, and is asking the public for help. Anyone who finds a dead turtle should contact the agency’s Fish Kill hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit an online report at MyFWC.com/FishKill.
forwhy single app kostenlos with django « We have not seen anything like this in the past, » agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson said in an e-mail to the Tampa Bay Times.
quanto tempo para começar um namoro Amparo Most of the turtles that have been found dead along the St. Johns’ 310-mile length are Florida softshell turtles, one of the most common freshwater turtle species in the state. They are also one of the largest freshwater turtles in Florida, with fleshy shells adapted for swimming, a long neck and an elongated head with a nose like a snorkel.
A few river cooters — another large freshwater turtle species, but with a flatter appearance — also have been found dead, Wildlife Commission officials said in a news release.
Freshwater turtles are considered an indicator of the health of the entire ecosystem — a reptilian version of canaries in a coal mine, but with shells instead of feathers.
Just this week, the environmental group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed complaints with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about the level of pollution in the St. Johns from five municipal sewer plants along the river, plus the Georgia-Pacific paper mill. All six are discharging above the amount of pollution allowed in their state permits, PEER contends.
« Florida allows the St. Johns River to be treated like an open sewer, » Florida PEER director Jerry Phillips, a former state pollution enforcement attorney who drafted the complaints, said in a news release about the EPA complaints.
Ten years ago, rising demand for turtles in China for food and medicine led to the round-up of thousands of freshwater turtles from Florida’s lakes, ponds and canals. The Wildlife Commission then imposed stiff limits on the harvest of wild turtles.
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