These shots are from April of this year…
I was driving back from visiting Ponce Inlet Beach and I see this little dude heading into the rushes on the side of the road. I have been coming to Daytona for years…YEARS and have never seen a wild turtle. Have seen hurt sad broken turtles at The Marine Science Center. I have seen little captured turtles for sale at the flea market,( I always consider buying them to let them go free…..)
So when I saw this little guy I stopped the car dead and started snapping pix…. probably should have used the other lense… but I only had a few seconds to snap him…..
I heard somewhere that if you scare turtles — they loose their fresh water reserve that they carry and they could die, so I did not want the little guy to “loose his water” so I stayed kinda far away…..
I thought he was just adorable. He was just slinking his way forward and paying no attention to me…. he was really big — his shell was about 16 inches in diameter…so I wonder how old he was….
Then he stopped and started poking his head back and forth a bit…. I don’t even know what kind of turtle he is….
and sticking his wrinkled little neck out there….
And then started to snack…on grass… as much as I love Florida… the grass there sucks….
I can take my shoes off and run thru grass in Illinois and it’s soft on my feet…in FLorida – sandpaper is easier on the foots…. he would like it at my house… I have a lawn perfect for a turtle….
Isn’t that freaking cool ??? Hope you get to see one too !!! I had to go — cuz I really did stop my car in the middle of the road……….