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Oh Baby! Tennessee Aquarium has a Nursery Full of Tiny Turtles
Tiny terrapins are taking over the Tennessee Aquarium, triggering a tidal wave of tasks for turtle keepers. This month to date, herpetologists have tallied two dozen new turtles. While many might think tracking turtles would take a tortoise-like tempo, the Aquarium’s collection of more than 500 turtles from 75 different species makes herpetology truly a trade that’s tackled in track shoes. “In addition to all of the exhibits with turtles, we care for a large number of pairs off exhibit. So we stay busy throughout the year,” said Aquarium senior herpetologist Bill Hughes. “While many species nest at specific times of the year, they don’t choose specific times of the day to lay eggs. So, we really have to keep a close eye on all of the enclosures to make sure we collect the eggs in a timely fashion for incubation.”
Up-To-Date Turtle Tot Totals – 21 New Babies Help Conservation Efforts
Hughes reports eight yellow-blotched map turtles, Graptemys flavimaculata, this year. A few more could hatch at the Aquarium before the season is over. This species of map turtle is endemic to the Pascagoula River and some of its tributaries in Mississippi. “They are declining in the wild because of habitat loss and are currently federally-protected,” Hughes said. Success with species like the yellow-blotched map turtle helps provide offspring that can be placed at other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). “We’re then able to reach guests with important conservation messages about rare or protected species that cannot, or should not, be removed from the wild,” said Dave Collins, the Aquarium’s curator of forests. See video: http://bit.ly/LPGPE2
The sex of these hatchlings depends on the incubation temperature. Aquarium experts are able to manage the temperature carefully to get an even number of male and female yellow-blotched map turtles. This is critical for the long-term success of any turtle breeding program. “This builds assurance colonies. If these species should disappear in the wild, they won’t become totally extinct,” said Collins. Adult yellow-blotched map turtles can be seen in the Aquarium’s Delta and Pascagoula River exhibits.
The red-headed Amazon River turtle, Podocnemis erythrocephala, is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, IUCN, but the reality of their status could be much grimmer. “The most recent information is from 1996 so we don’t really know how many are left in the wild,” said Hughes. “It’s difficult to believe their populations have increased significantly since the last report.” There are now seven new baby red-headed Amazon River turtles at the Aquarium. “In the previous years combined, we have only hatched five of this species,” Hughes said. “We still have one egg incubating that appears to be viable.” Aquarium guests can see an adult male red-headed Amazon turtle in the Rivers of the World Gallery. See video: http://bit.ly/MLir6h
The four-eyed turtle, Sacalia quadriocellata, is listed as Endangered by IUCN. The Aquarium has three new four-eyed turtle hatchlings. This species gets its name from the false eye markings on their necks. Hughes said these most recent babies hatched from eggs laid in April. The Aquarium displays a hatchling from last year in the nursery exhibit in the River Journey Turtle Gallery. Baby four-eyed turtles from previous years have been placed at other AZA institutions. The majority of the U.S. population of these turtles is at the Tennessee Aquarium, the only zoo or aquarium currently breeding this species. “Critically endangered species, including many Asian species such as the four-eyed turtle, face a very real threat of disappearing in the wild,” said Collins. Guests can also see four-eyed turtles in the Asian River exhibit. See video: http://bit.ly/QkZzyl
Finally, two Florida chicken turtles, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, joined the rest of this recent baby boom at the Aquarium. This pair hatched from eggs laid at the end of January. This species is not threatened or endangered in the wild in spite of their common name. They were once commonly sold in southern markets as food. The meat was said to “taste like chicken.” Collins says breeding success among these rather abundant turtles can help other endangered species.
“Chicken turtles have unusual reproductive strategies,” said Collins. “They breed in winter and their eggs need to be cooled for several weeks before being warmed to begin developing. Research in zoos and aquariums helps uncover these details. And that can lead to successful breeding of rare species for conservation purposes.” Aquarium guests can see chicken turtles in the Delta exhibit. See video: http://bit.ly/PuJUJz
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"NON-STOP" - JULIANNE MOORE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here's something you may not have known about Julianne Moore: she's scared of the devil -- or as she puts it, "VERY scared of the devil." Moore says really good movies will play on fears like that, which is how her latest movie, "Non-Stop," works. It's about an air marshal who is trying to stay one step ahead of a killer on an airplane. Moore says the film's makers have turned ordinary circumstances and turned it into something Hitchcockian. Moore says "Non-Stop" reminds her of the classic disaster movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" or "Towering Inferno" that she loved as a kid.
Julianne Moore says the director of "Non-Stop" made a film that had what she used to love about watching movies.
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Julianne Moore says she found "Non-Stop" appealing because the characters had layers to them.
<<CUT ..011 (03/11/14)>> 00:14 "I've been there"
Julianne Moore says when she gets recognized in an airport, she doesn't try to hide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only four slots are left on this season of "The Voice." Each of the coaches has just a single opening to fill on their teams as the blind auditions continue tonight. Last night, Team Adam picked up Josh Kaufman, a soulful college prep tutor from Indianapolis. He had three of the coaches turning their chairs. But Adam Levine didn't stand a chance with the country duo Alaska and Madi. They're from Blake Shelton's home state of Oklahoma. They also won the same state singing competition that started Shelton on his career. Shelton says they were just meant to be together.
Adam Levine knows he has no chance, when he learns that Alaska and Madi are from Blake Shelton's home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Blake Shelton tells Alaska and Madi they have common roots in a singing competition in their home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try"
Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Josh Kaufman
The coaches give Josh high marks on a difficult song. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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The coaches and Josh Kaufman
Adam Levine has a convincing argument for Josh. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR" FINALE
UNDATED (AP) -- There was no ring and no proposal on last night's finale of "The Bachelor." Juan Pablo told Nikki he had a ring, but wasn't going to give it to her. He gave her the final rose instead. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but all he would say is that he likes her a lot and didn't want to let her go. Earlier Juan Pablo told Clare she wasn't the one. Clare fired back that she had no respect for Juan Pablo. She said she would never want her children to have a father like Juan Pablo.
Clare tells Juan Pablo she has no respect for him. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis
Juan Pablo Galavis tells Nikki he won't propose. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..004 (03/11/14)>> 00:21 "final rose ... absolutely"
Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Juan Pablo won't say that he loves Nikki. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR"-LIVE REUNION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So, does Juan Pablo love Nikki? We still don't know. Last night, on "The Bachelor" live reunion show host Chris Harrison pressed Juan Pablo on his feelings toward Nikki. Juan Pablo said he wouldn't answer the question. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but isn't sure how he feels about her. They both say they're happy they can continue their relationship in public now the season is over.
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Clare says Juan Pablo played her. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..006 (03/11/14)>> 00:15 "I don't know"
Nikki Ferrell and Chris Harrison
Nikki tells host Chris Harrison she's happy her relationship with Juan Pablo can now be out in the open. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Chris Harrison
Juan Pablo won't say if he loves Nikki. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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