Turtle Talk #3: New Place

7 09 2009

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Another episode in the webcomic adventures of Michaela the Turtle, who’s been feeling a little confined lately.

(Note the log from which Michaela blogs in her aptly titled Blog from the Log.)

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Turtle Talk #2: Typing Speed

6 09 2009

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Another episode in the webcomic adventures of Michaela the Turtle.  In case you’ve wondered why her blog posts don’t come out as frequently as you’d like…


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Turtle Talk #1: No Issues

5 09 2009

The first episode in the webcomic adventures of Michaela the Turtle. 001NoIssues


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Good Samaritan Turtle Keeps Neighbors Afloat

4 09 2009
Copyright - Darren Hoyt

Copyright - Darren Hoyt

I’m about a year late in finding this, but thought I’d share this pic from Darren Hoyt and Wistar Watts Murray, who found a few critters waiting out a rainstorm in a swimming pool drain.  This good Samaritan turtle lent his height to his frog and spider companions to keep them above water until they were found.  Very admirable, but I must say I would’ve eaten the spider if given the chance…at least if it weren’t so big and scary.

Aimee Pearson's Tattoo, Courtesy of the Daily Progress

Apparently one California woman found this story so inspirational that she had the image tattooed on her back, an act which earned her an article in Charlotteville, North Carolina’s Daily Progress and a  place in last December’s Tattoo News Review.

The oddest thing this story teaches us?  There’s a Tattoo News Review.

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Do aquatic turtles really need baths?

23 08 2009

ToothbrushYesterday I watched a video of my pen pal Tiny Turtle taking a “Relaxing Turtle Bath.”  He’s lying on his back in his humanette’s hand over a sink, all sprawled out as though he’s not the least bit terrified, while she scrubs his tummy shell with one of those things  humans use to brush their teeth.  The thought of a relaxing bath is an absolute oxymoron to me.  Every time my human cleans my tank, he picks me up and scrubs my back with one of those things, and let me tell you…I hate it!  Being picked up in itself is traumatizing enough, but I certainly don’t need to be rubbed raw with those bristles.

So here’s my question to all of you…. Do aquatic turtles actually need baths?  I spend most of my day bathing and the rest basking to dry out and keep algae from growing all over me.  The way I figure it, turtles that live in the wild don’t have humans scrubbing them down, so why should we?    I’d love to hear what you have to say on this topic.  (Take the polls below or leave a comment on the post.) If someone can back me up on this, I can make a plea to my human to cut it out.

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Who knew technology could bring turtles together?

16 08 2009

Well, I did it.  I got up the guts to reach out and make my first virtual friend.  Tiny’s blog said he was waiting for an underwater computer to be invented, so as the perhaps the world’s best-educated turtle in all matters technological, I emailed to share my research on the total liquid submersion computer.  After a few sleepless nights wondering whether I’d hear back  — or rather,  listening to my human pitter-patter away on the keyboard at all hours — I got an email from Tiny thanking me for the  technological advice and telling me he liked my video.  I think that counts as the first official critique I’ve gotten on my performance, so it was great to hear.  Also learned that Tiny and I blog from the same log….I love having something in common with someone for a change!

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Single green female seeks friendship with fellow turtle

12 08 2009

Those of you who’ve met me in person know that I live with a school of minnows and can peek out of my tank and see hundreds of fry butting heads (accidentally, due to the overpopulation), snails going at it (yes, like that), and shrimp doing, uh, shrimpy things next door.  (Skittering, maybe?  Yeah, skittering.)  But I really don’t get the impression that anyone  here quite understands me.  My human shares my love of technology and has been blogging himself, and the fish certainly understand my “water’s always bluer” mentality (known to some as claustrophobia), but there’s something uniquely turtle about me that keep us from really hitting it off.   So I’m working up the courage to venture into the world of virtual friendship.

I came across the blog of another turtle the other day and instantly felt a connection… it’s as if every word in his blog is a window into my soul, and pure poetry:

i like to
swim
around the Tank
and float on th
e loG

Okay, so it was prose in his blog, but anything is better e.e. cummingsified.  Everything this Turtle says just speaks to me.  (No, that wasn’t more e.e. cummingsification; he really goes by Turtle, though his given name is Tiny.)   If only I weren’t so shy and could actually speak back!

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