Soft Shelled Turtle
“What are you looking at?” – Alexander River, Israel – Vladimir Popov/Uhaiun – Featured Photographer
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Have you ever seen anything like this? I have seen a few different soft shelled turtle species, but never this close. It looks like something that would battle Godzilla. Well thanks to the conservation efforts of the locals along the Alexander River you can still see these crazy turtles today. Please read Uhaium’s story below then head on over to his huge portfolio at http://500px.com/Uhaiun for more interesting images.
This kind of soft-shelled turtles is found in Alexander River, Israel. These unusual and nearly extinguished animals attract many visitors come to the nature reserve. People and their children throw into the water lettuce and large pieces of bread, but the turtles generally stay indifferent. Actually, for a chicken, the turtles are ready to get out of the water and even to come to grips with the local wild cats. Although the river was once polluted and lost lots of its water animals and vegetation, the population of turtles was saved by a preservation effort. To enable the thriving of younger generation of turtles, people collect the turtle eggs, incubate them in a superficial environment and after the youngsters grow, bring
them back into the water.
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