I saw your post about the tortoise that got thrown in the lake. It looked like a turtle to me, like the one on the left was a tortoise and the right was a turtle. If you go and look back at the photos the shells look similar in size but that’s about it. the one on the right seems like it has flippers, yet not the clearest image. Thoughts?
Thanks for the ask! I totally see your point. Though I’m not sure about seeing flippers, it does look like the pic may have been doctored. That fact didn’t elude me when I first shared this. For those following the blog and/or tortoise news, the issue of people throwing gopher torties into the water “returning them to the sea” is something that had been happening before this picture started circulating on Facebook or tumblr. Several papers in FL, conservation blogs, had written about this concerning number of incidents of tortoises being put in the water. These were actual incidents reported by reputable sources.
This group of photos is probably someone’s joke, looking closely it looks more like the tort is coming out of the water? Maybe that’s my hopeful eyes ha.
What I think is important about sharing this, and adding the info the person I reblogged this from did, is that this is happening. Unfortunately, what I’ve learned from tumblr and much of the internetm is just what all the hate mail I’ve gotten has pointed out, ppl can’t take a joke. No I don’t think this is funny but more importantly I no longer trust folks to see something (even fake) like this and think “this is stupid” “what jerk would do this” “what assholes”. .
If any of the hate mail I’ve gotten from this post (and a previous Blake Shelton incident) has proven anything, it’s that we need to be reminded that this “joke” is someone else’s poorly played attempt at one that ends in the horrible loss of an incredible and endangered species. It’s not funny and it’s happening out of good and bad intentions.
So I’m not gonna assume the worst, I am gonna share appropriate info that others are sharing with these images and hope it doesn’t keep happening *for any reason at all*.
I hope that makes sense. I’m grateful for people like you that look critically at these things and don’t simply react one way or another. Unfortunately, you seem few and far between when push comes to shove (no pun intended yikes). In that vein, I’m not examining the picture for total accuracy, since we posted about this happening before pics were even involved. I’m assuming that, real of fake, this issue is becoming more of a problem. I’m just hoping that continuing to share stuff like this raises awareness and maybe makes someone think a little more before they make the wrong decision for good or bad reasons 😀