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Hanging Out

For 4 days I'm posting a mini-series of this Loggerhead sea turtle who lives in the Georgia Explorer section of our aquarium.  Since Donica's Animal Guide is the turtle, this series is for her.

FUN FACT #2:  "Unlike land turtles, sea turtles are unable to tuck their head and arms into their shell."

This is a continuation of the series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta on March 19.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



Hanging Out

For 4 days I'm posting a mini-series of this Loggerhead sea turtle who lives in the Georgia Explorer section of our aquarium.  Since Donica's Animal Guide is the turtle, this series is for her.

FUN FACT #2:  "Unlike land turtles, sea turtles are unable to tuck their head and arms into their shell."

This is a continuation of the series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta on March 19.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]



comments (16)

For me this is the best shot yet, can't wait for the rest and get some sleep !
Ginnie Hart: HA! I took a nap as soon as we got to the hotel, Johnny, because I did not sleep on the plane (maybe a wink?). A baby was not happy almost the entire night. Or maybe I was hearing Ohio State losing the big one!

Thanks for your comment!
I love this photo too, Ginnie! I really want to go to the aquarium now!!! All your photos are fantastic.
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Kay. Thank you. I think I'm going to make better use of my annual pass and try to go back regularly.
  • Robs
  • 3 Apr 2007, 02:21
You're raising the level every day more, Ginnie! This is fabulous! I guess you were swimming in the pool to capture these amazing details, isn't it? grin
Thanks for the fun facts too! smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Rob! The Fun Facts are taken directly from the aquarium's website (the link I've included) and I had the most fun matching them with the 4 pics I'm posting. I loved how that worked out. smile
I like this turtle you have befiended and am looking forward to the rest of the series. Have fun in Europe!
Ginnie Hart: I actually feel like I HAVE befriended this turtle, Martin, because I think it's the only one in this exhibit. It did feel like he was posing for me. smile
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 3 Apr 2007, 06:58
nice, if you didn't say anything, we could think you did scuba diving smile
Ginnie Hart: Now wouldn't that be fun, Frederic, to be right there with him!
Fantastic shot.. With a head that size it'sa good it cannot tuck it in
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good point, Shakara!! smile
Lovely, lovely, detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Morenike, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 3 Apr 2007, 10:26
He's such a beauty. Did you watch at feeding time? It's cool that he doesn't eat the fish around him. (Oops, am I spoiling a fun fact for tomorrow?)
Ginnie Hart: No, Ruth, I've never seen him at feeding time. I HAVE seen the divers in side cleaning him, though, which was very cool.

You got my curiosity about what he eats and this is what I found on the link: "The loggerhead sea turtle primarily eats bottom dwelling invertebrates including mollusks, clams, jellyfish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, sponges and horseshoe crabs. It rarely eats live fish."
Sorry I haven't been visiting lately, I have a lot of personal issues at the moment and no time to browse all photologs, sorry again, I will be back.
Ginnie Hart: Our thoughts are with you, Chantal, as you deal with your "personal issues." I trust that your FIL is doing okay. We all know you'll come back when you can. Please know that we're supporting you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Apr 2007, 12:26
In my home language we call tortoises and turtles by one name = skilpad. That name is derived from the dutch 'schildpad' - directly translated as a frog with a shield. I started wondering why the two words, tortoise and turtle are used in the english language and came upon the explanation that the guys who can tuck are the tortoises and the guys who can't are turtles.

And tortoises apparently can go amphibian as well. Seen a Nat Geographic of some tortoise in the Falkland area that according to DNA originates from Africa. Theory about long distance swimming. Personally i know the tortoises can survive some time in water, but not forever. If they land in a dam where they can't get out, the drown.

Oh, by the way, excellent picture this time focussed on the huge animal. If you have been out on the sea in some small boat and one of these guys rises next to you, you realise that they are quite big.
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Louis. I just got my education! That makes perfect sense--the distinction between a tortoise and a turtle. I'll have to tuck that away in my head!

We saw some of these guys in Hawaii when we took a sub down into the waters off shore. We saw turtles that were 200 pounds! That's big! My grown daughter was there last year and said that while she was in the water, they'd pop up their heads within 6 feet of her. smile At least they weren't sharks!
  • Monika
  • London
  • 3 Apr 2007, 16:48
What a great picture and fun facts, I am impressed. And you get great stories in comments too!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Monika. It's definitely been a fun series for me. smile
Wow!!wow! and wow..this is my favorite picture today!The color and clarity is amazing! Beautiful!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, DD. Thanks.
Impressive. I went to an aquarium this week-end and I was wondering what is your trick because you've really obtained very good pictures Ginnie ! The light wad so bad for me... that I've just kept 3 out of 45 !!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: I really didn't do anything, Florence (since I still don't know how to do the manual settings), so it must be the camera and the good lighting at the aquarium. I wish I could take the credit but I really can't!
  • chris p
  • Half past the big hand!
  • 3 Apr 2007, 20:45
Splendid capture Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris. smile
  • Ellie
  • 4 Apr 2007, 00:26
Ginnie, that's just wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Ellie.
Wow * This one is wonderful too : Bravo !!
Ginnie Hart: Are you sorry you back-tracked, Zeb?

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