Tuesday, August 30, 2011

YOU TUBE TUESDAY - Mickael the Turtle


Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest).   I hope you like the wacky turtle video selection I chose for you this week!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene's Smallest Victims

Many baby sea turtle nests were unearthed, destroyed and / or relocated by Hurricane Irene. I learned from this article that my first instinct in this situation is not correct. Though I may want to "rescue" the tiny turtle and take it to a conservation group, they are actually more likely to survive if I leave them on the beach to fight with nature. So, its probably a good thing I live on the west coast. I'm not sure I could just sit there and watch the hatchlings get battered by the storm.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Silliness - Renaissance Tortoise

We all know that certain pet owners like to dress up their animals in costume.  The following is incredibly adorable proof that this tradition also extends to turtles and tortoises.  Have a stupendously silly Sunday!


Friday, August 26, 2011

THIS MOMENT - Turtle Reef

THIS MOMENT – A Friday ritual.

Photos – no words – capturing moments from the week.
Simple, special, extraordinary moments.
Moments you want to pause, savour and remember.

“This Moment” was introduced to me by Sarah-Jane of Almost There and Alejandro of Raising Amelie

Image © Rachel Hoyt.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

You Tube Tuesday - Why did the turtle cross the road?


Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest).   I hope you like the wacky turtle video selection I chose for you this week!


Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shame on Snapperfest



Just because the snapping turtle is sort of the ugly duckling of the species doesn't make it ok to swing them around your head like a rubber chicken to stretch out it's neck.  Many of you probably agree with me and are wondering why I would even bother to bring up such an obvious fact.  Swinging any animal like a lasso would be considered cruel, right?  Well, that is what I thought, but apparently not everyone agrees.  Snapperfest 2011 will be held today, August 20, 2011 in Ohio County, Indiana despite an attempt by PETA to put a stop to it.  The Snapperfest supporters claim they aren't doing anything wrong because they've caught the animals with their bare hands and they "don't kill them".  Whether or not that second part is true is definitely up for debate.  Some sources say that many of the turtles die not long after the event from stress related injuries.  As much as it pains me to say it, I hope they at least use those turtles for the local delicacies they treasure at it's expense.  I would prefer you don't play with your food before you eat it...  no, scratch that.  I'd prefer you don't eat turtles at all.  However, if you must, please try to get all your turtle traumatizing pleasure out of the least number of animals, ok?  You'll be glad you did when your karma comes to get you.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Red Eared Slider Turtle

THIS MOMENT – A Friday ritual.

Photos – no words – capturing moments from the week.
Simple, special, extraordinary moments.
Moments you want to pause, savour and remember.

“This Moment” was introduced to me by Sarah-Jane of Almost There and Alejandro of Raising Amelie

Image © Rachel Hoyt.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

You Tube Tuesday - Crazy Turtle Drummer



Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest).   I hope you like the wacky turtle video selection I chose for you this week!

Friday, August 12, 2011

My First Friday Moment

THIS MOMENT – A Friday ritual (though my first time participating).

Photos – no words – capturing moments from the week.
Simple, special, extraordinary moments.
Moments you want to pause, savour and remember.

“This Moment” was introduced to me by Sarah-Jane of Almost There and Alejandro of Raising Amelie

.Photo © Rachel Hoyt.  2011 All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sea Turtle Inc. is Expanding


Image by think4photop via freedigitalphotos.net

Is it just me or do you feel like you never hear about certain causes until they are expanding?  I had never heard of Sea Turtle Inc. before today, but they just bought another acre of land where they plan to build two to three thousand more viewing tanks, an amphitheatre and more.  They rescue, care for and return sea turtles to the wild in addition to offering a permanent residence to those that cannot be rehabilitated.  A capitol campaign to finance the expansion will begin September 3rd.  Please click here to learn how you can contribute to this amazing operation.