13 April 2015

Stop drowning tortoises

People in the US are accidentally drowning baby tortoises by mistaking them for turtle hatchlings and "releasing" them into the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says it knows of three "well-intentioned good Samaritans" who have made the error...

"Because gopher tortoises often nest in dunes adjacent to sea turtle nesting beaches, correct identification of these terrestrial animals is important before deciding what action, if any, is necessary... Gopher tortoises have toes, with claws on each toe. Sea turtles have flippers."
Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.

6 comments:

  1. what's the difference between tortoises and regular turtles?

    I-)

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    1. You're sitting in front of the most powerful information-gathering device in the history of mankind. Perhaps you could learn to use it rather than ask others for help.

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    2. i read your blog in the weekly newspaper.

      I-)

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    3. Tortoises have hairs. :-)

      P.S. catpcha now makes you pick two images that are the same as their image!

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    4. Well, I would certanly admit that your weekly newspaper is not "the most powerful information-gathering device..." But... when you write a comment or reply, you must be on an internet-connected computer, no?

      And... my blog is published somewhere? I would be delighted to learn the name of this enlightened town.

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    5. sorry - trying to make a funny while in the future.

      I-)

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