Thursday, August 18, 2011

Galapagos Tortoises

Turtle Tidbit #5 is an "eyewitness report" on the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands. A friend of mine recently vacationed in the Galapagos Islands. Her adventure is recorded on her blog via the link below. In her post on August 17, 2011, Nancy writes about her reactions as well as about the tortoises. What she says is exactly what I imagine I would be thinking if I had been there. I totally recommend this post to you, and be sure to double-click on her high resolution photos. Each time you click, the picture get bigger! 

Click this link for the story:

Galapagos, Part 5: Dinosaurs with shells

Nancy is right when she calls these giant tortoises "dinosaurs with shells." Their history dates back 6-12 million years. See the Evolutionary History section of the Wikipedia article below for details.

Galapagos tortoise, Wikipedia page (REALLY extensive information.)
The Galápagos Tortoise Conservation Program: the Plight and Future for the Pinzón Island Tortoise, by Fred Caparoso. Published on the California Turtle & Tortoise Club's website.
The Endangered Galapagos Giant Tortoise, on a travel website called Discover Galapagos, Darwin's Enchanted Island.

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