July 20, 2015 |
Standing at an edge of the eastern Pacific Ocean on sand as white as the moon and as soft as cashmere, I spot scores of sea turtles treading water in mid-wave. They are waiting for the sun to set so they can safely come ashore and bury their eggs. But I won't see their amphibious landing, because like all humans, I must leave the island before dark. This is the Galapagos, and I am merely an interloper, a party crasher. Yet, those minutes I spend on the silky beach, my toes submerged in water the color of blue topaz, are some of the most memorable in my life.
April 20, 2015 |
CANCUN, Mexico - For most sea turtles, crawling onto the beach at night to lay eggs is a risky proposition. Out of the water, they are achingly slow, ungainly . . . and vulnerable. But in tourist meccas where hotel sprawl has rendered the coastline a virtual Monopoly board of development with 24/7 hubbub, the annual trek onto the sand becomes all the more treacherous. Tourists, cameras in hand, camp out for a look at these massive tortugas, or worse, try to pet them or pose for pictures with them.
December 29, 2014 |
Unspoiled white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue waters, frolicking green sea turtles, and bays, lagoons, and reefs so idyllic you have to pinch yourself just to make sure they're real - the Grenadines are one of the most spectacular sailing destinations in the world. In this archipelago of sun-splashed Caribbean islands that stretch from Grenada to St. Vincent, there's so much to explore that it would take a lifetime to truly appreciate it all. With only two weeks and a chartered sailboat, my photographer and I did our best to get a taste of this fabled paradise.
May 19, 2013 |
At last, I'm zooming in on my dream. The island appears through the window just as the sun begins its descent. Tropical paradise is within my reach. Back up 25 years: With the birth of my daughter, my husband and I had chosen a dreamy Hawaiian name. It was chosen with karmic intentions, a name from paradise, and a name full of warm sun, free breezes . . . and of the ocean. We hoped the name would be a talisman for a good life, and we agreed the name was as beautiful as she was - Laina.
January 18, 2013 |
Come out of your shell this weekend and learn how turtles have been able to adapt and survive since prehistoric times at Adventure Aquarium's newest exhibit "Turtles: Journey of Survival. " On display through March 24, the exhibit features more than 20 species of land and sea turtles from around the globe. Each day activities will educate about their biology, evolution, and living habitats. At "The Journey of Five Turtles," a daily interactive show in the Ocean Realm Dive Theater, visitors can learn about vulnerable species and meet Loggerhead Bob; Ozzy, a 3-month-old hatchling; and green sea turtles Old Green and Stitches.
January 14, 2013 |
He should have died. Twice. First, when he was born too weak to scramble from his sandy birthplace and scuttle to the sea. Rescued once, the tiny loggerhead sea turtle came down with pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. His hind fins didn't develop properly, making a swim to the ocean deep impossible. But with careful veterinary care, Ozzy survived. Now, the year-old loggerhead will be a star at Camden's Adventure Aquarium turtle exhibit, which opens Monday. The exhibit, called Turtles: Journey of Survival, features 19 turtle species that live in water, mud, and even sand.
December 9, 2012
Fla.'s Crist is Democrat now TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected the state's chief executive as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent, announced on Twitter that he's switching to the Democratic Party. He cited the Republican Party's shift to the right on a range of issues, including immigration, education, and the environment. The announcement Friday night fanned speculation that he would seek to get his old job from Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.
October 15, 2012 |
The searchlights over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have gone dark. The three-week Open Air show by Montreal artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is packing up. But the issue of light pollution that simmered throughout is still with us. It is of concern not only to astronomers, but to others who feel the bejeweled dark sky is an important part of living on Earth and being human. The lofty realm has inspired us to write poetry, compose music, ponder the existence of God, and fall in love.
August 17, 2012
Doylestown police said Thursday that they had dropped charges against two teens who doodled on the street with chalk. Police Chief James Donnelly said that the drawings did not break the law, the Doylestown Intelligencer reported. He said Thursday that offending images would have to be "indelible and financially costly to remove. " Police had issued citations to Connor Logan, 18, and a 17-year-old friend this month for drawing a whale and sea turtles on a street downtown. Logan said he found the chalk in a parking lot and thought the drawings were "harmless.
June 23, 2012 |
LEWES, Del. - In late May and June, five sea turtles washed ashore on Delaware's beaches. Then, over last weekend, six more dead turtles were found. Along New Jersey beaches, four dead sea turtles washed in on Sunday alone. And along the Virginia coast, the number of dead turtles was abnormally high during May. State and federal officials who monitor sea turtle populations said they do not know if the numbers indicate any problem. "This time of year, turtles are migrating," said Edna Stetzer, a Delaware biologist.