zydoyle:

Ahoy there! Happy #WorldTurtleDay! #tortoise #turtle #sherlock #smile #selfie #instagood #beautiful #blackandwhite #cute #follow #happy #like #love #photooftheday

Cause every day is world turtle day, especially sunday! Lets adventure!

turtleconservancy:

If you’re spending time outside this weekend in the North East make sure to keep an eye out for Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta)! Wood Turtles are a beautiful and charismatic species classified as Endangered by the IUCN. They have suffered greatly from habitat loss and degradation, as well as collection for the illegal pet trade. When encountering a wild turtle it is best to leave them alone and allow them to get to their destination safely. Happy Friday!

justanimaladay:

Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata

The Radiated Tortoise is endemic to Madagascar, preferring to live in the dry brush and thorn forests in the southern portion of the island. They graze on grasses, which make up most of their diet, but will also feed on cacti and fruits if they find them. They are very long lived, with estimated lifespans of up to 100 years. The oldest verified Radiated Tortoise belonged to the royal family of Tonga and lived to be 188 years old. 

These tortoises are classed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, as they have disappeared from 40% of their native range, and are experiencing ongoing population decline. In fact, it is estimated that they will be extinct within the next 50 years if current trends continue. Threats to the population are mainly habitat loss due to human expansion, and exploitation for the pet trade and for food by local people. 

justanimaladay:

Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata

The Radiated Tortoise is endemic to Madagascar, preferring to live in the dry brush and thorn forests in the southern portion of the island. They graze on grasses, which make up most of their diet, but will also feed on cacti and fruits if they find them. They are very long lived, with estimated lifespans of up to 100 years. The oldest verified Radiated Tortoise belonged to the royal family of Tonga and lived to be 188 years old. 

These tortoises are classed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, as they have disappeared from 40% of their native range, and are experiencing ongoing population decline. In fact, it is estimated that they will be extinct within the next 50 years if current trends continue. Threats to the population are mainly habitat loss due to human expansion, and exploitation for the pet trade and for food by local people. 

justanimaladay:

Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata

The Radiated Tortoise is endemic to Madagascar, preferring to live in the dry brush and thorn forests in the southern portion of the island. They graze on grasses, which make up most of their diet, but will also feed on cacti and fruits if they find them. They are very long lived, with estimated lifespans of up to 100 years. The oldest verified Radiated Tortoise belonged to the royal family of Tonga and lived to be 188 years old. 

These tortoises are classed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, as they have disappeared from 40% of their native range, and are experiencing ongoing population decline. In fact, it is estimated that they will be extinct within the next 50 years if current trends continue. Threats to the population are mainly habitat loss due to human expansion, and exploitation for the pet trade and for food by local people. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox‘s 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango‘s mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 

sssqueaky:

I try and keep my tortoise from coming in my house by putting cinder blocks in from of the door. I forget that she’s HUGE and just climbs over the cinder blocks to get in. Felix…what are u thinking?? #tortoise #15incheslong #sulcuta #africanspurthighed #felix #cinderblock #justchillin #beautiful #staybeautiful

You can’t keep a tortoise down! Fight the power felix! 

Happy Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day!

(Via @Oceana  @SEEturtles and Lakeconews.com

From Lakeconews.com

In an effort to bring awareness and protect the population for generations to come, California has designated Oct. 15 as Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day.

As one of largest migratory sea turtles, the Pacific leatherback sea turtle (leatherback) mark an incredible journey each year, traveling more than 6,000 miles from nesting beaches in Indonesia to feed on California jellyfish during summer and fall months.

Listed as threatened on both federal and state lists, the species faces threats from capture in fishing gear, harvesting of eggs on nesting beaches, plastic pollution and climate change.

“Despite being listed as an endangered or threatened species since 1970, the leatherback population has decreased by approximately 90 percent over the last 20 years,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “Our hope with this celebration is to bring awareness to the plight of the leatherback to preserve it for years to come.”

Passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Brown in September 2012, Assembly Bill 1776 established leatherbacks as the official state marine reptile.

The bill encourages public schools to include leatherbacks in their curriculum and urges state and federal agencies to take proactive conservation measures to prevent further threats.

Scientists and government representatives from California and Indonesia will also convene in Monterey, California Oct. 14-16, 2013, for an historic summit on leatherbacks.

The conference will host more than a dozen Indonesian delegates, providing the opportunity to reaffirm each country’s commitments and forge new partnerships to prevent the extinction of this magnificent species that call both regions home.

Leatherbacks are the deepest-diving, longest-living and largest sea turtle.

An adult can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and measure more than 6.5 feet in length and can easily be differentiated from other turtle species by its lack of a bony shell.

According to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) scientists, there are less than 5,000 leatherback breeding females left in the world today.