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|As America is mesmerized Karim Rekik Netherland Jersey , and outraged, by the events in the Gulf of Mexico, many are learning about endangered sea turtles for the first time. However, most people know virtually nothing about these amazing animals.
Marine turtles began swimming the oceans of the world about 100 million years ago. Their ancient ancestors were land animals who went to the Seven Seas before there were Seven Seas. Along with crocodiles, these are the most ancient of reptiles.
Imagine mighty Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain in the mighty Himalayas. Sea turtles were swimming the oceans for some 35 Joel Veltman Netherland Jersey ,000,000 generations before the Himalayas appeared on earth.
These beings swim every sea except the frozen Antarctic and Arctic. Once, the sheer numbers of these marine reptiles were so seemingly without end that lost sailors sometimes found land by listening for sea turtles paddling towards nesting grounds.
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Conservation groups and researchers have begun tagging pelagic turtles like the green sea turtle in remote places like Costa Rica's Cocos Island. Some turtles are fitted with satellite transmitters while others bear flipper tags in an effort to track their movements and we now know that some species roam across thousands and thousands of miles of oceans Jeroen Zoet Netherland Jersey , from tropical waters to the deep waters off Newfoundland, Canada.
Cocos Island is one of Costa Rica's Seven Wonders, an uninhabited island halfway to the Galapagos. It's also under consideration as one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders and for a lucky few, a Costa Rica vacation Cocos diving experience of a lifetime . But, it's way out in the Pacific. Marine researchers, scientists Jeremain Lens Netherland Jersey , and conservation volunteers spent about 30 hours sailing to the island in their pursuit for more knowledge about these ancient marine animals.
Consider what they do as a kind of working Costa Rica vacation that perhaps will contribute to saving these marvelous marine reptiles now sadly endangered in much of their range.
But, truth be told, long before most Americans became distraught at television images of oil covered sea turtles gasping for life, Costa Rica was taking steps to preserve these beings. Long before it was fashionable in Central America, Costa Rica set aside magnificent Tortuguero National Park, just north of where Columbus came ashore and named the country "Rich Coast" (Costa Rica) Jeffrey Bruma Netherland Jersey , as the world's largest green sea turtle preserve. Today, thousands of people include Tortuguero in their Costa Rica vacations, so many in fact, that the once impoverished residents along that part of the Caribbean Coast sometimes refer to these animals as the "turtle that laid the golden egg."
But, of course, one day Jasper Cillessen Netherland Jersey , after the oil has stopped gushing in the Gulf, Americans and most of the rest of the world will forget all about the most ancient mariners and go on their way, thinking about what movie to see, what restaurant to eat in, or what present they want for Christmas. Fortunately, there are a few people in tropical places like Costa Rica who will still work to preserve these great animals.
Jacque Yves Cousteau predicted that: "If we go on the way we have Gregory van der Wiel Netherland Jersey , the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect."
We cannot undo the past but the people who tag sea turtles know that the future of sea turtles is not yet written.
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As Caesar sits astride a horse rallying his legions to battle you'd be forgiven for thinking you were watching a Roman-era war epic - except that the protagonist is a chimpanzee.
War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the rebooted simian sci-fi franchise, opens on Friday to reviews lauding some of the most breathtaking visual effects ever seen in cinema.
Behind the photo-real apes is Weta Digital, a pioneering Wellington-based CGI studio founded by Peter Jackson that has seen its reputation grow steadily since its groundbreaking performance-capture work on his The Lord of the Rings movies.
Filmed against the stark snowy vistas of Alberta and British Columbia, War sees director Matt Reeves unleash the rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with divisions and rage.
A band of soldiers led by a battle-hardened loose cannon - Woody Harrelson channeling Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz - launches an all-out attack to destroy the apes once and for all.
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