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May 16, 2007

Hi Turtle Fans! 

I haven't written for while as I'm taking a break after my big celebrity breakthrough as the Great Turtle Race commentator, but I wanted to share this news story with you before I go back out into the Pacific with all the newly-returned lady turtles. 

I kind of take my distinctive firm leathery shell for granted, but not all turtles have hard shells like mine (not to mention my good looks!).  One of my endangered freshwater cousins, for example. 

The Cantor's Giant Soft Shell Turtle has rubbery skin and fused ribs to protect his insides.  These turtles spend most of their time hidden in sand or mud for protection from predators.  I'll keep my shell, thanks!  Of course, they can also strike faster than a cobra, so I guess that's some compensation. 

Anyway, these turtles are very endangered (some people in Vietnam think they're a delicacy--ick!) and scientists were really worried about their extinction.  But there's hope!  A new nesting ground was found in Cambodia and human-friends in the area are working to protect the beach for these turtles. 

You can read the diary of one of those human friends here:

And read more about the discovery at these links!

I'm always glad to hear happy turtle news like this!  Keep swimming everyone and best fishes,
Mr. Leatherback
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Posted: Wednesday May 16, 2007, 12:58 pm
Tags: water sea fresh river animal species turtle marine endangered protect environment cambodia conservation freshwater [add/edit tags]

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