There's a legend of a ghost called Suppon no yurei that is essentially a vengeful spirit of softshell turtles that attacks humans who eat too many of them. yokai.com/supponnoyuurei/
In 1838, Poe wrote a novel in which 4 stranded sailors survive for a while off a turtle, but finally kill one of their own, Richard Parker, and eat him. 46 years later, 4 stranded sailors, after surviving for many days off a turtle, eventually kill and eat one of their own, Richard Parker. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
A family survived a shipwreck by taking enemas of turtle blood and rain water collected in the bottom of their lifeboat. Drinking the mixture orally would have been poisonous and led to their deaths. They were rescued after 37 days. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
There is a man called JosΓ© Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water. smh.com.au/lifestyle/how-…
That medieval Islamic burglars used a turtle when they broke into houses. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old who dedicated his life to protecting leatherback sea turtle nests from poachers on Moin beach in Costa Rica. Him and volunteers, would collects the eggs and guard them in a hatchery. On May 30, 2013, he was kidnapped and murdered. outsideonline.com/1920831…
The temperature of the sand that sea turtle eggs are incubated in will determine their sex. If a turtle's eggs incubate below 81.86 Fahrenheit, the turtle hatchlings will be male. If the eggs incubate above 87.8Β° Fahrenheit, however, the hatchlings will be female. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Sea turtles are susceptible to a form of hypothermia called "cold stunning" when the water falls below 50 degrees because they are cold blooded and can't regulate their own temp. If they don't get to warmer water they become immobilized as their bodily functions slow down leaving them vulnerable fisheries.noaa.gov/featur…
Eastern Musk Turtles prefer Buffalo Chicken to all other baits tested by scientists for population ecology and conservation studies. bioone.org/journals/south…
Today I learned of the New Jersey shark attacks of 1916. From July 1st to the 12th five people were attacked by sharks along the Jersey Shore with one victim surviving. Speculation of why the attacks occurred has lead to theories such as annoyed sea turtles and sharks following German u-boats for easy prey. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey…
The word "Cowabunga" which is associated with surfing culture/The Ninja Turtles, originated from the Howdy Doody show, which was on TV from the late 1940's - 1960's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
, that Chuck Lorre, the producer of huge TV hits like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory co-wrote the soundtrack for the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. In the theme song, whenever a line is spoken (not sung), that is Chuck Lorre's actual voice (that's a fact, Jack!). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
National Museum of American History considers "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The X-Files" and "Star Trek" important parts of American culture, and has related props in collection americanhistory.si.edu/pr…
There is a species of butterfly, the Julia Butterfly, that licks the eyes of caimans and turtles so it can drink their tears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
The Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916 were blamed by some on an orca or sea turtles as it was thought that sharks did not bite humans nationalgeographic.com/ne…
β€˜β€œTurtles all the way down" is an expression of the problem of infinite regress. The saying alludes to the mythological idea of a World Turtle that supports the flat earth on its back’ wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle…
Before the advent of plastics, tortoiseshell from the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was used in eyeglass frames and decorative items. britannica.com/animal/tur…
Turtles hunted for eating are called "Cooter" saveur.com/history-of-tur…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
Halloween (1978) was the most profitable independent film until 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
β€œTurtle Mound” in Florida is the largest shell midden on the mainland United States and is primarily comprised of oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Because UK television wasn't allowed to use the word "ninja" in kids' programming titles in the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became known as Hero Turtles there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Eric Goode, the director of Tiger King, is a lifelong conservationist who protected over 65,000 acres of habitat for endangered turtles and tortoises through his his non-profit, the Turtle Conservancy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The characters from the show Wonder Pets are all voiced by actresses. Linny the Guinea Pig is voiced by Sofia Zamchick, Tuck the Turtle by Teala Dunn, & Ming-Ming by Danica Lee. youtube.com/watch?v=HcBcO…
A turtles’s gender is determined by the temperature of the sand in which it is buried in. Higher temperature=female, lower=male. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Matt Murdock aka Daredevil and the Ninja turtles share the same origin screenrant.com/ninja-turt…
All tortoises are in fact turtlesβ€”that is, they belong to the order Testudines or Chelonia, reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shellβ€”but not all turtles are tortoises. api.nationalgeographic.co…
Not all sharks are exclusive meat eaters; most of a bonnethead shark's diet can be seagrass and it can digest the plant material almost as well as a green sea turtle. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Some animals like Crocodiles, alligators and a few tortoises and turtles do not age physically, and can not die of physical old age. They die of deceases, accidents, predators, and other causes. awesci.com/crocodiles-do-…
Some turtles can breathe through their anus using a process called cloacal respiration publications.rzsnsw.org.a…
Planthoppers (Issus coleoptratus) has the only mechanical gears ever found in Nature. The first natural design that mechanically functions like our geared systems contrasting the gear-like structures previously found on other animals like the spiny turtle which were purely ornamental. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Turtle Island is a name for North America used by some Indigenous and First Nations people and by some Indigenous rights activists, based on the Iroquois belief that the earth is supported on the back of a gigantic turtle called Hah-nu-nah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned of Hope, an albino turtle that has her heart exposed due to a hole in her chest. The case is so rare that there is no existing name for this medical condition yahoo.com/news/baby-albin…
Turtles that wander on to roads occasionally get launched into traffic after being struck by a vehicle and are able to survive the impact of being sent through a windshield. jalopnik.com/turtle-into-…
The sex of a sea turtle is determined by the temperature of the egg. Below 81.86Β°F the hatchling will be male, above 87.8Β°F the hatchling will be female oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
There was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle rock band that toured as a stage show with an album of original songs and performers in animatronic heads, brought to you by Pizza Hut. The "band" appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show along with April O'neill to promote the 'Coming Out of Their Shells' tour youtube.com/watch?v=K53ch…
Plastic and petroleum were originally environmental saviours, because they eliminated the need to kill whales, elephants, turtles, and many other creatures for their materials. scientificamerican.com/ar…
There are bronze statues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and Splinter) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, donated by their comics co-creator & university alum Peter Laird. umass.edu/gateway/feature…
The animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series had to be heavily censored in the UK due to controversy over "Ninja" weapons and the the catch phrase "Bummer" being slang for anal sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Sea turtles basically cry salt (without the emotion). The sea turtles' tear gland evolved into a "salt gland" so that it could expel salt from its body, which is very important for reptilian sea creatures. The substance released is salty brine. cancunturtles.com/info/be…
A species of rare freshwater turtle, classified Elseya irwini was discovered by and later named after Steve Irwin and his father Bob Irwin while on a 1990 crocodile hunting trip. youtu.be/wRdnNN1N-zA
After "the world’s largest beach clean-up" at Mumbai's Versova beach, Olive Ridley turtles returned to lay eggs for the first time in 20 years. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
The species of turtle that Steve Irwin discovered (elseya irwini) breathes from it’s cloaca!!... and, also, is facing extinction due to the Urannah Dam Project. urannah.com.au/elseya-irw…
In 1975, the FDA banned the sale of turtles with a shell less than four inches long. The CDC estimates that the ban averts 100,000 cases of Salmonella infectionsβ€”salmonellosisβ€”each year in US children. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the Burnside Fountain, "Boy With Turtle," infamous in a nearby town for its design. Sculptor Charles Y. Harvey killed himself a week after beginning the piece, claiming to have heard voices coming from inside the sculpture which instructed him to commit suicide on a specific date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Turtles and lizards are more closely related to birds than they are to each other. news.yale.edu/2014/05/05/…
No species of turtle nurtures their children. Turtles mothers find a location on land to dig a nest and lay their eggs. After they lay their eggs, they walk away. It’s up to the babies to fend for themselves once they hatch. wildsea.eu/blog-en/10-sur…
One species of freshwater turtle has actual flippers like a sea turtle. Called the pig-nosed turtle, it lives in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Extremely aggressive, little studied and difficult to keep in captivity, it is rarely seen in aquariums. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Alligator Snapping Turtles can live over 150 years, and some have been found with musketballs and flint arrowheads in their shells reptilesmagazine.com/Rept…
β€œTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released as β€œTeenage Mutant Hero Turtles” in the UK because the word β€œninja” was considered too violent. mentalfloss.com/article/3…

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