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Turtles have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, but they now are struggling to survive, with about half of all species threatened with extinction. To save them, scientists need accurate data on how many males and females of each species are left, but there's a problem -- the two sexes can look essentially identical, with the male's penis tucked inside his body when he is not aroused. So, what is a scientist trying to properly conduct research to support conservation to do? Whip out a vibrator, of course.


In Thailand, it's believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process.


Ricky Rogers is a complete idiot. Or at least that's how he was described by Royal Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty spokesperson Michael Beatty after he posted a picture of him and a friend "surfing" a beached sea turtle on Facebook. Australia man truly is the new Florida man.


In the latest edition of What Did The Good Earth Do to Deserve Humanity, some arsehats in Florida have been turning the shells of threatened gopher tortoises into their personal easels. According to Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this needs to stop.


Tucker the turtle can't swim underwater because he has an abnormal build-up of bubbles in his body. To treat his "buoyancy problem", researchers at Seattle's Virginia Mason hospital put him in a hyperbaric chamber, making him the first nonhuman patient to receive such treatment.


Pets don't only help teach kids how to be responsible, they're also a harsh object lesson in the definitiveness of death -- unless you go the robot route. Robo-puppies might not be believable just yet, but this tiny robot turtle looks pretty convincing when swimming around inside a tank. And if you find it just floating there one morning, all you need to do is change the batteries.


Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travellers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons.


Google Glass is a big deal, and I can't wait to try one out. Apparently, neither can these turtles, who are being fitted with wearable tracking technology of their own in order to study their movements around the Murray River system.


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You would think a turtle would be the worst animal to attach a camera to, but you'd be oh-so wrong. Those slow little fellers apparently live the life of awesome: dodging dogs, diving in pools and a whole lotta chillin'.


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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you what may very well be the perfect Gizmodo Sunday post: A terrified turtle riding a robot vacuum. Keep that head tucked in, little dude.