Diamond-Back Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) by Littoraria on Flickr.

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I’ve seen a number of these in the wild–they stick that little white head out of the water and watch passers-by. I don’t think I’d have a prayer at getting a shot of one in the field, so this will have to do.

The white balance is a bit screwy due to the tank’s flourescent lighting. His head is really off-white with the dark spots.

The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, AL

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Alabama Gulf Coast is the region’s primary marine education and research center. DISL is the home site of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium and was founded by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1971. The DISL primarily serves the 22 four-year colleges and universities of Alabama through its college summer courses and graduate programs of. Our educational mission also includes Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) which encompasses K-12 field programs, teacher-training, and public outreach. DHP also includes the Estuarium, the public aquarium of the DISL, which focuses solely on the Mobile-Tensaw Estuary System.

As a marine laboratory, the DISL’s mission encompasses marine science education, marine science research, coastal zone management policy and educating the general public through…

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