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Punk Rock Zoologist

Wednesday 1 February 2012: Baby turtles!

Well, the title says it all with this one. I wasn't sure what I was going to post today. Not a lot happened for most of the day, but then at about 5:00 our project leader Andrey showed up with a box containing three baby Black Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii). A sub-species of the Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas). the Black Turtle is found from Mexico down to Venezuela and the Galapagos Islands and, like the Pacific Greens, is vegetarian, feeding on seagrass meadows in tropical waters. Two of the three had slight parasitic infections, but our head biologist, Chris, is confident she took care of it. After some photos and filming for my amateur documentary, we released them on the beach, and every one from the ranger station gave them a veritable guard of honour as they made their way to the water, to protect them from dogs and vultures.

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