Sunday, September 13, 2020

Nova Scotia Lore

1956 Advertisement in La Domenica del Corriere reported this giant turtle was seen by the crew of the fishing boat "Rhapsody" off the coast of Nova Scotia


Thursday, August 20, 2020

For Sale

Some days, I just want to check out and put it up for SALE.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Attack Turtle!

Watch out kitties! I'm coming for you!


All I can say is "go, man, go!"

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My Cousin: The Razor-Backed Musk Turtle



Razor-backed Musk Turtle is found in the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Louisiana and native to the U.S.

The razor-backed musk turtle grows to approximately 6 inches in length. It has a brown-colored shell, with black markings at the edges of each scute. The shell has a distinct, sharp keel down the center of its length, giving the species its common name. The body is typically grey-brown in color, with black spotting, as is the head, which tends to have a bulbous shape to it. It has a long neck, short legs, and a sharp beak. Males can usually be distinguished from females by their longer tails.

They are almost entirely aquatic, spending most of their time in shallow, heavily vegetated, slow-moving creeks or ponds. The only time they typically venture onto land is when females lay their eggs. When a razor-backed musk turtle feels threatened, it will release a foul odor, similar to a skunk's. Their diet consists primarily of aquatic invertebrates, including freshwater clams, crayfish, snails and various insects. They also feed on fish and carrion. Its relatively small size, and ease of care makes it a more attractive choice as a pet turtle for many keepers.


Photos:  www.joelsartore.com

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Adopt a Sea Turtle!

Sea turtles have outlived almost all prehistoric animals with which they once shared the planet. Having survived the extinction of the dinosaurs, marine turtles still inhabit the oceans’ open waters and coastal habitats, feeding on jellyfish and other aquatic plants and animals. Critically endangered, the sea turtle is at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, hunting and egg collection, climate change and pollution.

Adopting a sea turtle (virtually) from the World Wildlife Organization makes a great gift to yourself or anyone that loves the creatures of our planet.

Click here to get details on adopting a sea turtle.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Run, Babies, Run!

Sea Turtle hatchlings get a little help before making a dash for the ocean~

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Meet Murtle


















Murtle the Turtle is a large sculpture of a turtle located in the southern California desert town of Joshua Tree.

Address:  61597 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA

If you're going, take the Twenty Nine Palms Highway roadside in Joshua Tree, CA., to a parking lot near a laundromat.





Wednesday, April 15, 2020

No Distancing Practice Here!

Loggerheads on the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelle Islands refuse to practice social distancing. (Thanks @thomaspeschak on IG for this image!)


Friday, February 28, 2020

Loggerhead Hatchlings in Florida

It’s an amazing time of year again on the shorelines of Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchling season is in full swing all over Florida, where about 90 percent of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. takes place.

   

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Giant Turtle Fossil Discovery!

Read more about the fossils here!






















The remains of an extinct giant turtle species were recently recovered from dig sites in Venezuela and Colombia. The fossils - nearly 10 feet across! - could be from 5 to 10 million years ago, during the Miocene epoch, when the northern region of South America was humid and swampy.