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Old 05-08-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Leatherbacks are the largest turtles in the world. They are called such bc they do not have a hard shell. Bc of the depth they dive, water pressure is great; therefore, the plasticity in the shell is necessary. Some can be the size of a VW Beetle!! Unfortunately they are disappearing at an alarming rate due to few and unenforced protection laws. Estimates are that they will be extinct within 20-30 years.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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Look, she's making a snow angel!......
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Wow! Great pic!! Hope that one made it back out okay.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:36 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Yep, they can grow up to 9 or 10 feet across. I hope people will leave them alone to do their thing. Important turtle business.

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