Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When Turtles Fly

Image by Arvind Balarman via freedigitalphotos.net

Ok, so I hardly play video games these days because I don't have time, but I might have to download this one:  When Turtles Fly.  It looks like I would get to fly a turtle rocket around the sky blowing things up while earning cash to buy upgrades and more for my amphibian space craft.  Plus, it's currently free on iTunes.  Are you thinking twice about this or rushing over for a "few minutes" of childlike fun like me?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Silly Stink Pot Smuggler

I've just learned of a very interesting type of African turtle - the stink pot turtle.  I know you are probably thinking that is a mean name, but what would you name a turtle that emits a foul smell when stressed?  Now, although this characteristic could be helpful for teaching amateur turtle owners when their pet needs attention, I still can't believe someone was dumb enough to attempt to smuggle them.  Did they really think their luggage wouldn't stink up the plane and draw attention?  At least the story has a happy ending... the turtles are happily swimming at an aquarium in Hampshire and the smell, like Elvis, has left the building.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Hungry Honu

The Fed may remove honu from "threatened" list at the request of the Hawaiians. Apparently they've recovered so well since being placed on the list of protected animals that they are threatening a local fish population. So, to put things back to "normal", the Hawaiians want to harvest and eat a few Honu. I'm not sure how I feel about that... You?
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Baby Galapagos

I once had a baby tortoise that was this small... It was probably illegal but I did not know that at the time. Somehow though, I always imagined that a baby Galapagos tortoise would be bigger. It turns out they aren't! Click the link to see REALLY cute photographic proof.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day!  I don't really have time to write a post today and Pokey hasn't figured out how to navigate the keyboard yet, so...  visit the Sea Turtle Restoration Project's site to find out how people are celebrating this year.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thriving Despite Amputation

Noel the turtle has proven that amputees can survive in wild! This research could save many injured turtles from being euthanized in the future. Who knew a turtle could swim hundreds if miles on three fins?! I'm glad someone finally tried to find out. Thank you Australian Wildlife Hospital for having faith in Noel the sea turtle and saving her life!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Flying Turtles?

Image by Vlado via freedigitalphotos.net 

A friend of mine wrote this post called Can Turtles Fly?  Although the bulk of it is not about turtles, per se, there is a very cute story about a turtle who tries to fly which I had never heard before.  Since it is one of those great stories that makes you really think, I wanted to share it with all my turtle loving friends.  So...  head to Corrine's blog now to hear about the turtle who tried to fly...  :)