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Turtle film set to become Hollywood blockbuster

2009.02.27 - telegraph.co.uk

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The story behind Turtle: The Incredible Journey, a film tracking the journey of a loggerhead turtle as she travels across the Atlantic Ocean and narrated by twice Oscar-nominated actress Miranda Richardson.

Yay! Queenie's back!

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Shell shocker: The baby turtle born with two-heads can eat its Chinese food faster

Two heads means we can eat faster! Source: dailymail.co.uk
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Two heads means we can eat faster! Source: dailymail.co.uk

2008.09.13 - Water World aquatic farm at Wuwei town in Anhui, eastern China

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The Chinese decided to get in on the two-headed turtle action that's been going around lately. This one has been getting a bit of attention on the net this week. And no, it really isn't that small, those are just the giant prop hands they use in CSI for closeup camera shots. Fine, don't believe me. I don't believe me either, so that makes two of us. Innneeecuuuuute!

It is the baby turtle that proves two heads really are better than one.
While its siblings grow at a the usual steady pace, this tiny creature is speeding ahead.
The reason for its extraordinary growth spurt is simple: having two heads mean it eats twice as fast.

(Be sure to check the link for more pictures.)

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Fossil of Ancient Pregnant Turtle Discovered

Features of the five crushed eggs discovered inside the fossil turtle's body cavity suggested the female turtle would have laid them in a matter of days. Credit: Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary.
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Features of the five crushed eggs discovered inside the fossil turtle's body cavity suggested the female turtle would have laid them in a matter of days. Credit: Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary.

2008.08.27 - Canada

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A turtle that toddled alongside the dinosaurs died just days before laying a clutch of eggs.
Scientists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Canada discovered the turtle in 1999 in a mud-filled channel in the badlands of southeastern Alberta. Then, in 2005, University of Calgary scientists found a nest of 26 eggs laid by another female of the same species in the same region.
The pregnant turtle represents the first fossil turtle to be unearthed with eggs still inside the body cavity, the scientists say.

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(Another) Two-headed loggerhead turtle named Hope and Faith

The two-headed turtle was given two names: Hope and Faith (Charleston.net)
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The two-headed turtle was given two names: Hope and Faith (Charleston.net)

2008.08.24

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A two-headed loggerhead turtle hatchling released to the ocean at Kiawah Island last week didn't leave without a twin name — "Hope and Faith."
It was named by 9-year-old Grace McKeehan, who found it struggling futilely in the sand.

Are two-headed turtles a sign of the Apocalypse?

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Two-headed turtle discovered by Indiana eighth-graders

Two-headed turtle discovered by eighth-graders (WNDU)
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Two-headed turtle discovered by eighth-graders (WNDU)

2008.08.22

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See the article for a video.

But that's not all that is strange about this turtle. It also has two tails and four front feet.
Two eighth-graders at Queen of Peace School have been monitoring a turtle and her eggs all summer. Finally Thursday night some of the eggs hatched.
That's when they discovered this odd turtle.

One thing interesting about this type of conjoined turtle that may be beneficial for its survival is the 4 front feet. In a normal 2-headed turtle with two front feet, the turtle struggles to move anywhere. Since the two heads can't 'communicate' like humans can, it's had to coordinate walking when one brain controls the left side and one brain controls the right side. However, in this case, each brain controls 3 legs apiece. Eventually one of them will probably take physical dominance and be able to go essentially wherever it needs to in search of food, etc.

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Surgery saves sea turtle

Tchompy, the lucky loggerhead. IBNlive
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Tchompy, the lucky loggerhead. IBNlive

2008.03.13

Yaniv Levy of the Israeli Sea Turtle Rescue Center said Tchompy is approximately 15-years-old, suffered severe injuries to his front fins after being entangled in a fishing net.
The turtle underwent emergency surgery in Israel on February 22 to reconstruct one of his fins, but the other fin had to be amputated.
Veterinary surgeons inserted a metal plate and screws into the turtle's fin so that it wouldn't have to be amputated.

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Replica of Revolutionary Turtle successfully launched

Roy Manstan, a retired submarine engineer and pilot of a replica of the 1775 Turtle submarine, climbs into the sub before it is launched. (BOB MACDONNELL, Hartford Courant)
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Roy Manstan, a retired submarine engineer and pilot of a replica of the 1775 Turtle submarine, climbs into the sub before it is launched. (BOB MACDONNELL, Hartford Courant)

2007.11.09

A replica of The Turtle (a Revolutionary War Submarine, the world's first submarine used in battle) was launched successfully this week.

After 20 minutes of steering the ultra-tiny, one-man submarine through the Connecticut River, Navy-trained diver Roy Manstan said the vessel performed flawlessly.
But Manstan doesn't recommend it for the claustrophobic.
The Turtle, the handiwork of teacher Fred Frese and his technology education class at Old Saybrook High School, is a replica of the first military submarine. Built in 1775 in Connecticut, the original Turtle could be said to look like a 6-foot-high walnut, a misshapen beer barrel or perhaps a wooden turtle.

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Sir Turtle logo moved on Cayman Airways planes

A Cayman Airways plane returns from Costa Rica branded with Coat of Arms. (Cayman Net News)
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A Cayman Airways plane returns from Costa Rica branded with Coat of Arms. (Cayman Net News)

2007.11.07

To recap, Cayman Airways has been going through a rebranding process recently. Much fuss was made by Cayman Islands residents when they announced they would be removing the Sir Turtle logo. They seem to have come up with a (IMO good) compromise with a redesign that still includes the Sir Turtle logo, positioned in a new location by the front door of the plane with the new (branding) logo on the tail. (Although a lot of the 'don't remove it' camp are still complaining.)

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Man who tortured tortoise sentenced

2007.11.06

A judge on Monday sentenced Jose "Tony" Mosqueda to 270 days in jail and five years' probation for the mutilation and torture of a tortoise that belongs to a 7-year-old autistic boy.
As part of the conditions of his probation, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Bruce Clark said Mosqueda may not have access to any animals, which means he will have to give up his pet iguana, dog and snake.

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Rare white tortoise fished out of Lake Poyang

This photo shows the white tortoise found in Lake Poyang. (Photo: jxnews.com.cn)
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This photo shows the white tortoise found in Lake Poyang. (Photo: jxnews.com.cn)

2007.11.02

This time it's China's turn to find an albino tortoise.

A rare white tortoise was recently found in Lake Poyang in east China's Jiangxi province.
Local newspaper Jiangnan City Daily reports the tortoise was purchased on Thursday by a wholesaler in Yugan county on the southeastern bank of the Poyang Lake, one of China's biggest fresh water lakes.
An aquaculture expert says the cause for its abnormal color is complex, maybe from living in underwater caves without sunlight for too long or from genetic mutation.

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