Monday, August 25, 2008

What Is This!?

I'm going to try to make this long story short. I was an a bird observation station looking for birds that never showed so I started taking pics of the turtles swimming in the murky water. I thought I was taking pics of a turtles head poking up out of the water until I got home and looked at the photos. That ain't no turtle and quite frankly, it's giving me the creeps probably because I can't identify it.

You can see in the first pic the turtles head poking out next to the one that is completely surfaced. Clearly that is a turtle head. When I saw another head pop up out of the water I just snapped thinking it was another turtle. Now look at the 2nd & 3rd photos. Again, that ain't no turtle. Can anyone tell what that is? You can click on the pics for a larger view.


Jayne said...

I've sent this post to the Science Chimp so maybe she'll chime in. I was wondering if it's some sort of long nosed variety? Definitely different!! :c)

June said...

Hmmmm. If I had to guess, I'd say it's still some sort of turtle, but weird looking, that's for sure! I'll be interested in knowing if you find out what it is.

Julie Zickefoose said...

Eee! Eee! Eee! Science Chimp, swooping down on a vine...hollering, "Soft-shelled turtle!"

The other two are red-eared sliders, the same species we kept in tiny plastic tanks with a palm tree in the middle when we were kids.

What wonderful pictures!

S.C., swinging off.

Coca Cutie said...

No idea, but looks kida cute! LOL

2sweetnsaxy said...

Jayne - Thank you so much for bringing Science Chimp in on this who had the answer. This was great!

June - I'll pop over and let you know what the answer was.

Science Chimp - Love it! Thank you so much for the answer. I don't mind saying that freaked me out just a little. LOL!

Coca Cutie - Kinda cute? LOL! It looked weird to me. :-D

Julie Zickefoose said...

Hey, being freaked out is entirely appropriate. Soft-shelled turtles are basically unchanged since the age of the dinosaurs and they have a mean bite. In this case, weird is as weird does. But like all turtles, they're worthy of respect and protection.
Happy to help. Nothing the Science Chimp loves more than a solvable mystery, the weirder the better!

kjpweb said...

Good one! Thanks to science chimp - you know what it is!
I think I have one in queue, so you will be able to see one in full size! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Kyle said...

Science chimp to the rescue! What an odd-looking duck. Er, turtle.

Thanks for grabbing the shot and sharing it with us -- always nice to learn something new each day!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Julie - next time I have a mystery I know right where to go! :-)

Klaus - I have to go check out your queue. Thanks.

Kyle - It is odd looking. It was a learning experience for me too.

fishing guy said...

2SnS: I guess I forgot you did Today's Flowers, sorry. I love this turtle shot, he looks so pre-historic with his nose out of the water.

BNS said...

I could hardly wait to read the comments to see if someone was able to identify that mysterious critter! Glad to see that Science Chimp did know what it was. Quite amazing.