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Giant Tortoise on the Beach

Giant Tortoise on the Beach
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Copyright: Margo Cavis (margocavis) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 48] (172)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-01 10:00
Viewed: 7859
Points: 4
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Aldabra Giant Tortoise - in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world.

I took this photo while volunteering in the Seychelles. This was on the island of Curieuse - at the Ranger's Station, where many of the islands resident tortoises congregate. I stayed on this island for a week to help out the rangers. The rangers & their cook "Momma" are the only people who live on this island. The island is off the north coast of Praslin. It is notable for being one of only two islands native to the coco de mer.

In 1833 Curieuse became a leper colony that didn't cease operations until 1965. Today ruins of the leprosarium remain as well as the former physician's residence at Anse St. Joseph which is now an educational center and museum. One of the leper houses has been renovated & that is where me & 5 other volunteers lived.

In 1979 Curieuse and surrounding waters were declared the Curieuse Marine National Park in order to protect the native wildlife. Today it is the home of roughly 300 Aldabra Giant Tortoise. The island is also a protected sea turtle nesting ground.

Many of these tortoises are friendly & hang out around the ranger station. These tortoises go where they want to go.... everything else just moves out of the way!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-01 10:16]

hi margo,
fantastic picture.you have shot from a nice angle.great details.

Hi Margo

Les tortues ont une tete magnifique. Cette tete en premier plan et ce beau aysage derriere donne envie de partir en vacances


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