Close encounters with one of Canada’s more mysterious turtle species: The leatherback sea turtle

Jen McCarter and leatherback sea turtle statue (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

NCC Conservation Coordinator for the Ontario Region, Jennifer McCarter, poses with a statue after having just watched a real, critically endangered, pacific leatherback sea turtle nesting in Marino Las Baulas National Park, Costa Rica in 2012 (Photo by Gabhan Chalmers)

We rushed down the dark beach, illuminated only by the moonlight, and struggled to keep up in the deep sand. Aside from the gentle lapping of the ocean waves to our right, everything was quiet. Our group moved forward, silent with anticipation....

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Barnacle Bill: The loggerhead turtle of Belize

Left to right: Will Cascadden, the divemaster and Katie Cascadden (Photo courtesy of Katie Cascadden)

Left to right: Will Cascadden, the divemaster and Katie Cascadden (Photo courtesy of Katie Cascadden)

Last May my dad and I took a trip down to the beautiful country of Belize for a diving trip. Once at the docks off of Belize City, we had a two-hour boat ride we arrived at the Blackbird Caye of the Turneffe Atoll. Two days later on our second...

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The majestic leatherback sea turtle

Propelling through the water on a relentless journey (Photo by Canadian Sea Turtle Network)

Propelling through the water on a relentless journey (Photo by Canadian Sea Turtle Network)

When most of us think of turtles, we think of the little painted turtles that can be seen bathing in the sun’s rays on a summer afternoon on the edge of a pond or lake. Many may not be aware that here in Nova Scotia we have a frequent...

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Ermine

Weasel (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, U.S. National Parks Service)

Weasel (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, U.S. National Parks Service)

It was a winter afternoon, warmed by the brightness of the sun, as I sauntered along the park’s walking trail. The air was crisp, refreshing and invigorating. I felt relaxed and my spirits were buoyed by the peace and tranquility of the...

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