Saturday, June 11, 2011

Clover The Turtle

Clover the turtle, with no back legs,
Can’t dig a hole to lay her eggs
But when she arrives on the Florida sands
Biologists lend some helping hands
She lays her eggs, they’re covered over,
Then slowly, off again goes Clover.

Via CNN, a story of Clover the leatherback turtle. Her hind flippers have been bitten off by sharks, but with a little help from her human friends, she still lays several nests of eggs each year (seven this year).

It's really a sweet story--especially on a news day dominated by scandalous politics. There's only so much muck I can wade through. On the other hand, take a look at the comments following the story. Even here, commenters are chastising those who deny god's powers--how else would a turtle know how deep to dig?



Svlad Cjelli said...

God of the Holes?

Anonymous said...

I always think the natural world is so amazing, so awe inspiring! To think of the millions of years of adaptations that led to this moment, and to see all this wonder around me... and then they demean it by giving all the credit to an invisible bastard deity, makes me so furious.

Melissa said...

Awesome! Clover's a survivor.

entropy said...

Oh, that's sweet. Probably not just nice, but a good idea to help with the nest of a turtle that has been surviving with no hind flippers.

On the other hand, I feel sorry for the GOATS which are ON FIRE.

Cuttlefish said...

Oops! Sorry, there, entropy--I've cleaned up the spill.

entropy said...

Hold on there, don't be apologizin' to me. But someone needs to get on his meds and apologize to you and ten thousand other people.

Besides, it gives me an excuse to type in all-caps. :D