Sunday, April 18, 2010

Turtles basking in the sun

OK. I know this is cheating. Tamarindo is known for giant sea turtles and the nesting site for the endangered Pacific leatherback turtles on Playa Grande. So, where did I see these turtles stacked on top of one another to catch the warm rays of the sun?

Sorry, but they live in the water feature in the middle of the Garden Plaza Shopping Center. I hope you will forgive me for taking the easy way out and showing animals without the challenge of finding them in the wild. These turtles do have a large pond to swim around in, so their conditions in captivity are not much different than if they lived in the wild.

Fortunately, these turtles are only for decoration and are not part for sale. I have been in food markets in China and Africa where if you saw turtles like this in a shopping area, they would be for sale for food, not for people to look at for fun. Last year in Casablanca, Morocco my son and his girlfriend bought a turtle in a food market to save its life. They kept the turtle in her hat on a bus all the way to Rabat, where they let the turtle go free in the garden in the courtyard of the hotel where we stayed. The turtle was still alive several days later when we left.

This week we are showing photos of one of my favorite cities, Venice, on Viva la Voyage, our travel photo site.

9 comments:

Kate said...

Doesn't matter where you found them; it's a great shot of some interesting animals. One of my favorite memories of Mexico is releasing baby turtles into the ocean. Great experience!

brattcat said...

I love the 'turtle in the hat' story. Thank you for sharing it.

Leif Hagen said...

I've heard of a "monkey pile" before but a "turtle pile" is something new for me!

Steffe said...

You are forgiven.

Sharon said...

They do appear to be reaching for the sun. That story of saving the turtle's life is great. I hadn't heart that one before.

Jarart said...

Turtles are always fun to see. These are cute ones. I've seen some that weren't so cute.
I would want to save them from the food market too.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

super cool photo of turtles

Jacob said...

I agree with Kate...the where is not important at all...the photo is!

Loved the story of your kids in Morocco...I was in Rabat in 1957 when serving in the Navy...still have slides I took back then and they're still in excellent condition!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Great shot!

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