Secret softshell turtle release
Spiny softshell isn’t the name of a cute cartoon character — it’s an endangered species of turtle (Apalone spinifera) found in southwestern Ontario and Quebec. In an attempt to make this species a little more numerous, conservationists released 6,000 spiny softshell hatchlings along the Thames River near London, Ontario.
This is the second time hatchlings have been released in the Thames: last year, 4,000 were set free in the river, as part of a longer-term campaign. Kaela Orton, a species at risk assistant at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, told the CBC’S Colin Butler that efforts have made a real difference. “We work long hours during nesting season to save as many of these little guys as we can, and seeing all that hard work paid off is pretty incredible,” she says. For more information, visit thamesriver.on.ca.
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