It’s World Turtle Day! From a tiny baby bog turtle to a massive leatherback, turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Found gliding through the open ocean or slowly trudging over desert plains, they are fascinating creatures. Because of environmental threats, several species are endangered and need our help. Video of a baby turtle running for the surf by Dry Tortugas National Park.
September 5, 1994: The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine attraction “temporarily closes” in Fantasyland.
The attraction will be officially closed two years later, and some of the submarines were sunk in the waters near Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. I have just the vaguest memories of this attraction, mostly of being too short to be able to sit on the stool and look out the window at the same time! With slow loading and unloading, the lines for this ride were some of the longest in the park at all times.
I only got to experience it a few times, and was sad to see it go! There’s a pretty good video HERE if you’d like to check it out!
February 24, 2008: On this day, nine sea turtles are released back into the Atlantic Ocean after being nursed back to health over several weeks at Walt Disney World.
Due to extreme red tide blooms, these turtles washed up on the shores of my home town in Brevard County. These blooms are toxic to many sea creatures, and being on the beaches often around that time, I can attest to some adverse reactions in humans too, mainly respiratory.
Monorail Monday - Grand Beams by Christian Lambert Via Flickr: Here we see Monorail Yellow arriving at the Grand Floridian monorail station under the morning sun. You can see how hazy it was by looking at the Grand Floridian’s upper turret, located just under the monorail’s beam. The warm Florida sun along with hazy conditions is always a welcoming sight to me!
Thanks for lookin’ and have a magical day!