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Celebrating World Turtle Day with @asenseofhuber and #turtletuesday

For more of Kyle and his turtles’ adventures, follow @asenseofhuber and his second account, @turtletuesday.

May 23 marks World Turtle Day, an annual observance started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue to bring attention to protecting turtles, tortoises and their environments. Los Angeles graphic designer Kyle Huber (@asenseofhuber) has been highlighting his own turtles in creative ways every week for the past three years through his #turtletuesday series. While Kyle’s day-to-day shots include drone-captured aerial videos of the California coast and vibrant, colorful photos that experiment with perspective, each week without fail there will be a cameo appearance by at least one of his seven red-eared sliders: Shelly, Myrtle, Franklin, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.

“I got my first baby turtle when I was 12 years old and have been obsessed with them ever since,” Kyle shares. “Coming up with a new and original turtle photo each week can be challenging, so occasionally I have to bring a couple with me on my adventures so I can photograph them in new places. So far, they’ve been all over LA and even road-tripped as far as San Francisco.”

Today is World Turtle Day!

We’re shell-ebrating turtles all day today, and you can too! Here are some links to get you caught up:

Happy World Turtle Day!

Sea turtles ultimately grow from the size of a dinner plate to that of a dinner table. In the case of the leatherback sea turtle, this can take up to a decade. Happy World Turtle Day!

From the TED-Ed Lesson The survival of the sea turtle - Scott Gass

Animation by Cinematic Sweden

Happy World Turtle Day! Meet the bog turtle. It is one of the smallest, rarest turtles in North America. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania was established in part to protect the federally threatened bog turtle, which can be found in wetlands throughout the valley. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats. 

See what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect this little one and its bog wetland habitat: http://1.usa.gov/1o6jyRl

Photo: usfws

Happy (belated) World Turtle Day! Here’s a comic I made a few years ago after a herpetology class. It’s the season for turtles crossing the road for amorous and familial reasons. Here’s what to do if you find one. Key points: don’t grab them by the tail, don’t turn them back from whence they came, exercise caution with snappers, and resist the urge to scritch them under their adorable little turtly chins. (Ok, that last one is mine.)