A coalition of conservation groups from both sides of the Pacific Rim filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa, Japan. Conservationists are concerned that the proposed 1.5 mile long airbase to be built on reclaimed land over a coral reef will destroy the remaining habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong, a relative of the manatee, and a cultural icon of the Okinawan people.
Saturday marked the third reported sighting of a Pacific Leatherback sea turtle in northern California waters in the last four weeks. These majestic creatures are rarely seen this far north although this species of sea turtle swims in many regions of the world including colder, northern and southern latitudes.
(San José, Costa Rica) Sept. 8, 2003 – Typically, the Leatherback sea turtle nesting season on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica begins in late October. PRETOMA is proud to announce that a young, lone Leatherback got the season off to an early start on the night of September 2, 2003 by laying likely its first nest at Playa Caletas on the north central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.