"I have ordered an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the use of two motor vehicles on beaches that are presented to be in Puerto Rico," Marchargo said in a statement.
A university's science wing has become a turtle sanctuary after hundreds of hatchlings were rescued from storm drains.
Bon-chan, a large 25-year-old African spurred tortoise, is regularly taken for walks by his owner Mitani Hisao on city streets in Tokyo, Japan.
Earlier this week, a Florida woman was driving on the interstate when a turtle flew through her windshield, injuring her 71-year-old mother.
The potentially fatal condition happens when the animals become so cold they cannot move.
The turtles, which are protected from excessive trading by an international treaty, were worth approximately $2,250,000 on the Asian black market.
Officials said that the turtle was likely a pet that was released into the wild by its owner.
Scientists recorded the video as part of research to conduct an accurate population survey of the animals that nest at the world's largest green turtle rookery.
Mexican authorities took hold of 158 crates filled with live turtles, including endangered species, before they were shipped to China
Plastic covered in algae and micro-organisms could be releasing a smell that encourages sea turtles to mistake it for food.
The Chattanooga Zoo has announced that it's successfully hatched a critically-endangered turtle. Three more are expected to hatch soon, said a zoo spokesperson.
Jack Wietbrock, 8, petitioned West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis after saving a baby turtle from a nearby street.
Seagrass and algae, some of their favourite foods, look like plastic.
Chinese scientists observed turtles in labs and in outdoor ponds.
The 1,529 amniotes included star tortoises, redfoot tortoises, sulcata tortoises and red-eared slider turtles.
"These are not the same brothers," said producer Ant Ward.
Turtles are now the most threated group of animals on Earth.
The scientists hope they weren't interrupting a courtship session.
"Don't kiss or snuggle with your turtle," advises the CDC. "This can increase your risk of getting sick."
An ongoing study of their welfare delivers its latest alarming finding.
The critically endangered Burmese Star Tortoises have been safely reported to a Myanmar sanctuary.