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Western pond turtle gets hooked by fisherman

Western pond turtle gets hooked on fishing. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Sometimes fishermen accidentally hook more than they bargained for.

Let’s hope this unfortunate western pond turtle, photographed by Dave Harper of Oakley, California, loses this hook soon. Dave says he tried to catch it so he could remove the “extra hardware,” but it “was as quick as any I have seen.” /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
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Western Pond turtles do Yoga: Practice Upward Facing Turtle pose

Western pond turtle. Photo by Joanne Smith, Union City, CA.
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Gary:
I found this guy in the middle of a hiking trail at Sunol Regional Park, CA. I thought he might be a tortoise but apparently there aren’t any tortoises native to this area. Do you know what he is?

The others were taken the same day while they were sunning on a branch in a pond. They are probably drying out their neck creases, but I like to think they are practicing the “Upward facing turtle” pose in yoga.
Joanne Smith, Union City, CA.
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Posted on Monday, October 25th, 2010
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