July 01, 2013

Soft shelled turtle

Soft shelled turtle by ricmcarthur
Soft shelled turtle, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
While out on our pontoon boat we came across this female soft shelled turtle on the beach.
It was getting ready to lay eggs but it stopped and watched us.

As we drifted nearby two turtle researchers came over a sand dune and the turtle spooked.
It moved very quickly across the sand and into the water.
Soft shells move surprisingly fast when the need arises.

The researchers looked for a nesting site but were unable to find one.

Soft shells, like most turtles, are at various levels of risk due to habitat loss and poachers.

Apalone spinifera

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