I am very hungry and smell something good cooking. My owners are always cooking something and Sundays are the worst. The smaller one told me the smell is bacon and that I can’t have any because I wouldn’t like it. How does she know that? The larger one says it will mess up the tank and has too much fat for me. It smells so good, how could I not like it? Oh well, I will go and swim by the side of the tank really fast and act like I am starving and I will get something to eat. The owners are suckers for my starving act, especially the smaller one she always falls for it. Once I eat I will lay on the green thing and nap.
Well I suckered my owners into feeding me again. I got some ham. Hopefully the big one makes some BBQ chicken this week since I have a taste for chicken. I wonder if wild turtles eat Chicken? I guess one could fall into a lake? If not it's too bad because it is so tasty they would really be missing out. The large one kept yelling during a sporting thing on TV so my nap kept getting interrupted. I think I am going to go lay on the hammock and see what it on TV.
Well they left the windows open all night and it got cold in the house. The water keeps me warm but I was glad when they turned on my light so I could get toasty warm. I think I will sit under the light this morning and sleep. On Mondays they get up earlier and leave the house for the day so I have the house to myself. Itís really quiet when they are not around since the TV and radio are not on. I think I will go and chase a fish around the tank. That is always a lot of fun. I am not hungry but could use some exercise.
As soon as I hear the owners I get startled and jump into the water from the green thing. Once I know itís them I go into my starving turtle act to see if they will feed me some food. You would think that after 14 years I would be use to my owners but my memory just isnít that good. I scare easy when on the green thing since I am more venerable to attacks there. I have never been attacked in my tank but it could happen. I think I will go play with the floating log in the tank. Hopefully I donít think I am stuck in the middle and drowning, but that happens to me all the time. I am a pretty jumpy turtle.
Well the big owner is packing for a trip so it will be me and the little one for a few days. Itís good to have her around because I can always get her to feed me, but she doesnít make BBQ chicken so I wonít have that for a few days. It will be quiet without the big one because he sometimes works from home so there is always something going on when he is around. I think I will try to get out of the tank for a few hours.
I gave up on getting out of the tank, itís too much work and I tired myself out. After all that work I had to lay on the hammock and get some rest. Then I chased a fish around for awhile, got tired and gave it up. The small owner came home with shrimp for dinner. I like shrimp, scallops, fish, crab and lobster- really any type of fish is good with me. I like it when they get shrimp because I get to eat it for a few days. I just had a large piece of shrimp so I better go lay on the green thing and digest my food. They eat the shrimp with a sauce. I wonder if I would like the sauce- probably not and I guess it would mess up the tank. Thatís what they say. I wonder if anything good is on TV tonight? I am going to swim to the hammock and see what is on. I wonder if I am the only turtle who likes to watch TV? At least I donít have to do my starving turtle act tonight. I may do it anyway to get more shrimp.
Itís another day without the large owner and itís very quiet. He has a loud voice so you always know when he is around. The small one always goes to the office during the week so I am used to not having her around during the day. The sun is out and that is good for Chicago (thatís what they tell me anyway). I wonder how many turtles live in Chicago? Maybe some will email me and I can find out? I donít think there has ever been a study on that. I am still pretty full so I think I will swim around the tank today and see if I can escape. I have escaped before and itís pretty fun. I crawl around the house and hide somewhere where they canít find me. I hear them looking around the house for me and itís funny. Sometimes they find me right away but sometimes itís takes them a long time. I like to crawl into the closet and get into the big ones shoes. Itís fun and it makes it hard for them to find me. If I escape today I will go behind the TV into the wires. Thatís fun and itís hard to find me there.
Well I tried all afternoon to get out of the tank without any luck. I really need a better escape plan. I will try again tomorrow but I had enough fun for one day so I think I will take a nap. Maybe I will go do my starving turtle act before taking a nap. No I am too tired after the escape attempts for that. I am going to get on the green thing and sleep.
Well the big one got back last night so there is a lot of excitement today at home. The TV or radio will be on and he will make some calls too. He makes business calls that I don't understand. It's a good thing I don't have to work in business. I am excited since it was so quiet here the past few days. That little one doesnít make much noise. I am going to try and escape again today, but I will also watch some TV. I am going to go work on a better escape plan.
Well the big one caught me trying to escape and started taking my picture. They must have thousands pictures of me. I think they are a little crazy with the camera. Just when I am about to get out of the tank he walked by, ran and got the camera and started taking pictures. I will have to escape later. Itís a long drop when I escape from the tank, but I always forget until I start falling and then itís too late. They tell me I have no depth perception, but I donít know what that means. I look to see how far it is but then I always jump. I don't know why I bother looking. I heard something about installing a turtle cam? I never heard of that so hopefully it is some type of food and not scary.
I am going to do my starving turtle act to see if I can get some food. I think I will do some exercises and chase fish today. The fish are hard to catch. They know I am after them. Doing my starving turtle act is easier than chasing fish. Maybe I will get a fish today? Probably not, these are some pretty smart fish. They have been around for a few weeks so they know my routine and stay out of my way. They eat the food I donít eat so that keeps the tank clean. It is fun to have them to chase. After the chase I am going to play on my log. I canít remember if it scares me or not. I think itís OK unless you get stuck in it. I don't know.
Well I got the big one to feed me- it was easy and quicker than chasing a fish. I think they will both be home for the weekend so there will be plenty of stuff going on. Itís no longer summer so I wonít get to go to the beach. That is a lot of fun, but they donít let me go into the lake. I would try to escape so I canít blame them. They usually dig me a hole and put me in there with water. Other people come up to me and they are really scary. I am afraid they will step on me- they are giants. I donít know what I would do if I were that big.
Itís quiet this morning and I wish they would put my light on. They usually sleep in on Saturdays so my light doesnít go on as early as during the week. Maybe they will take me out of the tank today and let me walk around the house. That is fun but they close some doors so I canít hide in the shoes. Maybe they will BBQ? Oh well I am going to stay on my green thing until later. I feel pretty lazy today.
Saturday Afternoon They setup the turtle cam. Now I have this thing on my tank. I donít know what it does but it doesnít give me food so I donít care. At least itís not red. That is one of the colors that makes me jumpy. I am sure scared of a lot of things. They call me scaredy McTurtle sometimes. Is that a joke? I donít know but I do get scared a lot. I just found out the big one is making BBQ chicken for dinner! I am so excited! I love BBQ chicken! I will do the turtle starving act in high gear by the tank once the grill it lit so I am sure to get chicken. Maybe I will get so excited I will splash water all over the place, we will see. I am glad they BBQ year round and donít stop for the winter, but it looks cold out on the balcony. Chicken! Chicken! I love BBQ Chicken! Once I am done with the chicken I think I will take a nap, hopefully I wonít be too full to get on the green thing. Sunday Well the Christmas tree went up this weekend and I am so excited. I love to stare at the lights since they are so pretty. I also like to crawl through the presents and hide and am always looking for a good hiding spot. I wish the tree was up all year since itís so pretty and I wonder why they take it down. Maybe my owners will put up lights around my tank this year.They always put up a little purple turtle stocking so Santa can leave me presents.I waited up for Santa last year but I never saw him.Maybe I will try again this year but I have a hard time staying awake all night. Monday There are some new people in the house called ďHatsĒ and they are terrifying. One of the ďHatsĒ wears sunglasses and when it comes around I hide in fear at the bottom of my tank. My owners laugh at me and say it is just them wearing the hats, but I am not buying it.I usually see the ďHatsĒ when the little one goes running or they are about to leave the house. Thankfully they have never left me alone with the hats so that is good. One time the ďHatsĒ were there then it was my owners.ďHatsĒ are sure confusing. Tuesday We now have a new president from Chicago which is very exciting.His name is Barack Obama and I heard he is getting a puppy for his daughters.Puppies are fun but I think he should get a turtle instead.It would sure be fun to be the first turtle and I hear you would have your own chef.The first turtle could probably go into the Whitehouse pool without getting a fine.That would be nice. I know he is from Hawaii and my owners have snorkeled with the Sea Turtles there.They say the Hawaiian people really like turtles so I bet he does too.I think I will write him a letter about getting a first turtle for the Whitehouse.
Well I sure had an exciting visit from my Nephewís Ethan and Joel.It was a little scary at times but they were a lot of fun.They were in town for a few days and I havenít been in and out of the tank that much in my life.They took me out to draw me which was fun and you should see the art work- it looks just like me.I think the little owner better watch out because she has competition in the art world.Then one night I was in the tank, out of the tank and back in like 100 times, I lost count after the 10th time because I was dizzy.They fed me chicken and banana so they are alright in my book.I hope they come and visit again.Maybe next time they can take me to the beach.
I have a new turtle cam but it does not dispense food so I am planning on ignoring it just like the last one.I donít know why they canít put a food dispenser in the camera?It seems like everyone would want one of those. The large one told me if I had a dispenser I would never stop eating.He may be on to something since I really like eating and I never stop even if I am full.The new camera works on the iPhone so now they can see me anywhere.They are a little nutty with the cameras and pictures.I wonder if they make an underwater iPhone?If so I could write my blog and never leave the tank and that would be great.I think I will go to the Apple Store and find out.
Email Responses from Turtle:
Thanks for all the email and here are your responses!
Email to Turtle From Turtle Hello. I am your long lost relative. I belong to the little one's sister. My name is Johnny after the great Johnny Cash. Do you just go by turtle? I think that is cool - it keeps it real. Your home sounds really neat. Mine is not that big and I also get scared in it sometimes. These 2 cats are always looking at me and last week one of them even knocked the top off of my home. Since you are older & wiser do you have any advice for me about this? My owner now keeps the door to the room shut but that means the dog can't keep me company during the day and he is nice.
Thanks & love, Johnny
I am so excited- this is my first email ever. Itís good to hear from you and nice to know I have relatives in the South if I ever need a vacation from Chicago. Itís nice you have a name and Johnny Cash is a good person to be named after. I am called Tiny but go by Turtle- its an alias. I am just glad my name isnít soup! My owners donít have any cats, but I went on a trip to Grandma Nacinís house one time and she has cats so that was pretty scary. I think us turtles are good snacks for cats so my advice is to stay far away from them. Also, I donít think cats like water so if they are near you go in the water. They like something called cat nip so maybe you can give it to them. I hear it makes them go crazy. Hopefully you can all learn to get along. Itís too bad you donít get to see the dog during the day, we canít have dogs in the condo, but I have seen many at the beach and they seem very friendly. You should schedule a trip to Chicago for a visit but I would wait until the summer so we can go to the beach together!
Email to Turtle From Tanya
My personal trainer raises giant turtles form the Galapagos Islands. His fence is only 12 inches tall. He says that they are perimeter animals. Are you related to his turtles?
Sincerely, Tanya of Sunny California
Hi, and thanks for the email. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, but this went to my spam folder. I didn't even know what spam was since I am so new to email. To me it sounds like ham so maybe I would like it. I am related to the Galapagos Turtles but they are a distant relative. I think they were on the Islands there by themselves for a long time so they are different than most turtles and they get really big. They live a long time, but all turtles live a long time. I may live to be 80 years old or more. Sunny California sounds like a fun place to go. Maybe I will visit sometime soon.
2nd Email to Owners From Tanya (concern for turtle)
Dear turtle owners,
I wrote to the turtle, but he never replied. Is turtle OK? I keep asking my best friend the Doctor to call and see if turtle is OK. He says I am crazy! I often check out the turtle cam for "live turtle antics", but it's kind of hard to see him. Is it possible to adjust the camera?
Turtle Reply to Owner email
I (turtle) am doing fine and enjoying life in the tank. I got really busy with the holidays. When my owners put up the tree I stare at it all day long. I like the lights so I didn't have time to reply to email. I am fascinated by the lights. My owners turn the light off at night so that it's dark so if you try to see me at night it would be hard. The big one cleaned the lens the other day and that helped some. I don't know much about web cams they don't teach you that at turtle school. Thanks for the emails and I will try to be quicker on the response from now on, but us turtles are not known for our speed.
Email to Turtle from Megan
Do you like to go to the beach or is the pool better? Do turtles ďtanĒ? Do you have to wear sunscreen? I think you should get a turtle-sized pair of sunglasses. I heard you didnít have any power at home for awhile. Were you afraid of the dark? I donít like it when its too dark out- I get scared when my imagination runs away with me. See you on the web!
Your friend, Megan
I am so glad I finally got your email. I was having spam problems and then lost power. Life is hard without electricity. I didnít have my light to keep warm or my filter to keep my water clean. I was also without my email so I had no outside contact to the world. I wonder what turtles did before electricity? We lost the power for 8 days which was pretty scary. I got really scared for a few days and hid in the corner and slept underwater. Sleeping under water makes me feel safe. The power is now back on and I hope that doesnít happen again. I like the beach better than the pool because I canít go to the pool anymore after the incident. The beach is more fun and they allow turtles at the beach. I also get chicken strips from the Beachtro which are really good. I donít wear sun tan lotion and I donít tan. I have pretty dark skin with a little color and I donít burn so that is good. My owners wear sunscreen but forgot the other day and were really red. They looked like lobsters and it was pretty funny. I would like to get some sun glasses but they donít make any my size. Maybe I can get a floppy hat those are fun. Hopefully now that the power is back on the big one has makes some BBQ chicken. I think I will go swim by the side of the tank and act hungry and see what happens!
Email from Alaina, Tessa & Lyla:
Where are you? Every time we visit your site, you are not on the green thing. We like you, please come back!
A couple questions: How old are you? Whatís in your habitat? What does your bed look like? Do you wear turtle pajamas? How do you type emails from the tank? What does your shell feel like and why is it hard? Is there a pattern? What do you like to do there? Do you go to school? Do you ever go shopping?
Thanks! Weíll check back, bye bye
Love Alaina, Tessa & Lyla
Thanks for the email. Itís too bad you keep missing me on the green thing. I am there a lot because itís where I go to warm up. Turtles canít regulate their body temperature so we need a place to warm up and I do that under the light on the green thing.
The rest of my tank is water and I have a floating log and some other places to hang out at. I like to swim around the tank and float on the log. When I am tired I just sleep so I donít have a bed. I can even sleep under water believe it or not. I have to come up for air every now and then but its quiet under water so I like it there.
I have to go over to the computer to type up the emails because you canít put a computer under water for some reason. Doesnít make much sense to me because I think everything should work under water. There isnít a turtle school to attend or I would go since learning is fun. I have never been shopping since there isnít much I need and I donít wear clothes. I heard my owners talking about a Santa Hat one time, but I donít have one.
My shell is hard and itís there for protection. If I get scared (which is a lot) I can pull my entire body in the shell and I am safe. It also helps me to look like a rock so you can blend in if you are in a lake or stream. Sometimes no one knows you are there so that is fun you can sneak up on people that way
I am 15 years old so I have been around for awhile. Some turtles live to be over 100 so I am still very young in turtle years.
Thanks for the email!
Email from Roger the Cat:
Yes, Iím a cat but Iím really nice (or so my owner tells me). I read your blog and thought I should write to you. I get scared a lot, just like you. Thunder is the worst! I have to crawl under the quilt or hunker down by the front door when a storm hits. My owner tries to comfort me but I just donít like it. Recently, some jets were flying really low over my house and I didnít like that one bit! My owner made a little fort by the front door so I could hide. Your owner (the small one) told my owner that your house was under construction. Is it done yet? That would scare meÖ having lots of strange people in and out of my house. Do you sleep a lot? I do! When my owner is gone during the day, I have to patrol the house and then take a series of naps. Then at night I sleep on her bed and hog as much of it as I can. I donít eat BBQ chicken but I do ďput awayĒ, as my owner says, a lot of kitty kibble and water. Well, I have to go now and take a nap.
My owners like to watch silly movies and I think thatís from airplane. They laugh a lot while watching that one. Itís good to hear from a cat and this is my first email from a cat. Very exciting but a little scary. The little ones Grandma has cats and I visited one time and was very scared. Her cat is afraid of my owners so it stayed away from us so I didnít get to talk to the cat.
I am scared of thunder too, but I hide under water so it isnít too loud. I heard a lot of airplanes one weekend- I wonder if they were the same ones you heard? I wanted to go to the beach that weekend but my owners said there were too many people there so I had to stay home. They were there for an air show. Not sure what that is but it sounds like fun. Maybe they will take me next year.
Most of the construction is done but there are some little things left. I donít mind the people they come by and look at me but they leave me alone. I was hoping they would all feed me but that didnít happen. The really loud noise it over for now so that is good.
I eat and sleep too- itís my usual routine and lots of fun. I donít eat kibble since I only eat meat but I drink a lot of water. I thought cats only drank milk? You learn something new each day.
Second email from Alaina, Tessa & Lyla
Dear Turtle ~ We saw you move your head tonight! We have a few more questions.
Do you have any crayons or pencils? Do turtles ever have friends? Do you ever get to go on walks or get taken out of your tank and get to go around the house? Do you have any baby turtles? Do you ever play games?We have a dog and two cats. Sometimes our dog goes to the potty in the house. She likes to lay and sleep on the back of the chair in the sunshine. We are very nice to her when she is on the chair. Sometimes she growls at the cat. Sometimes the cat goes under our bed. She is silly. Sometimes our dog goes under the bed too. She also likes to sleep on top of our covers.
Take care! Weíll look for your reply.
Alaina, Tessa & Lyla
I am glad you saw me move my head so you know I am real. I like to sleep on my green thing so sometimes I donít move for hours.
I am not allowed crayons or pencils in the tank and the paper dissolves in the water so itís not the best place to draw. I had a tank-mate for awhile but then he went away and I havenít seen him since. My owners said he went to a better place, but I am not sure where that would be since the tank is pretty nice. I havenít gotten another tank friend since then, but maybe some day I will. I get out of my tank a lot and walk around the condo. I also go on walks, but going to the beach is the most fun. I play hide and seek. I hide in the condo when I get out and my owners get to find me. Hiding in the large ones shoes is the best spot, no one can see me there. Dogs and cats are fun and cuddlier than turtles. Dogs do silly things and I just got an email from a cat so I think they are OK. I like to lay in the sun shine too maybe all animals do. Love Turtle
Email from Dave in Chicago: Hello Tiny, I was wondering if turtles celebrate St Pat's day? Turtle Reply:
Wow! How exciting I havenít gotten an email in some time.Hopefully I remember how to type.Turtles do not generally celebrate St. Patrickís Day, but I do live in Chicago so that changes things.All Chicagoans are a bit Irish on St. Patrickís Day and my last name is Murray so I party it up.I canít go to the parades since itís still too cold out for me in March so I stay home and celebrate.Hopefully I will get some corned beef this year.Itís really good and I only get it this time of year.I wonder if itís available at other times.Who knows?There is a good Irish restaurant downstairs so you can probably get it there.Once I am done eating I like to watch all the crazy people on rush street out the windows.They are really funny and put on all sorts or crazy green stuff and drink green beer.I am not sure what beer tastes like since I only drink water, but it seems to make people happy.One time my owners drank green beer, went to the parade and came home with really silly tall green hats.I was terrified but then realized it was just them.They were acting goofy and then put on some loud music so that was fun.I like music even though I do not have ears.I can feel the vibrations.Happy St. Pattyís Day! Love Turtle Murray
Email from Sue in South Carolina
Hi, I bought a very small water turtle for my niece from a beach store in South Carolina. Since my niece could not take the turle onto the airplane, I have acquired the turle and I live in South Carolina. I'm enjoy "Poke", the turtle.
He lives in a glass bowl, with rocks to climb and he can bask in the sun. I change his water everyday and feed him. Do you know if my turle can join my goldfish in the outdoor pond. It has a nice waterfall and rocks. Will my turle hurt the fish?
Hi, and thanks for the email I am always excited to meet new turtles and owners.I have never been on an airplane but it seems like a lot of fun.I heard my owners talking about taking me on a trip with them but they werenít sure if I could go in the regular seats or if I had to go in the cargo area.The cargo area sound pretty scary to me.
The turtle and gold fish may get along but,
If the gold fish are small your turtle will eat them.He will have to catch them first us turtles are pretty crafty when it comes to getting food.When I have feeder fish in the tank I do anything to catch them.I even sit on the bottom of the tank for hours waiting for one to come by so I can grab one.Itís really fun to chase the fish around the tank but if I get tired I will beg for food from my owners and they usually fall for my routine.
If the gold fish are really big they may scare the turtle.I once had a gold fish that kept getting bigger and bigger until one day my owners had to let it go in the lake.I was really glad when they got rid of the fish because it was terrifying.It would chase me and I was afraid he was going to eat me.My owners said this couldnít happen but I was still scared.
The last thing is if you live in an area where it gets cold your turtle may hibernate.This is a natural thing but you may think your turtle ran away when in fact heís below the mud asleep.
Email from Tank the Lhasa Apso:
Dear Turtle, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to e-mail a turtle! I'm a Lhasa apso (dog) and I have my own blog too. I must say you do a fine job for a turtle - your typing skills alone are amazing! Sometimes I complain because I have no thumbs, but you - well how do you do it?? Sincerely yours, Tank P.S. feel free to visit me at my blog anytime www.tankcolnar.blogspot.com
Dear Lhasa Apso (aka Tank),
Thanks for the email.I am always happy to hear from Dogs since they are nice.Lhasa Apsoís sound like a really fun breed. I really like your blog and thanks for the shout out for my site.I enjoy writing the blog it is hours of fun. Typing can be tricky with my claws so I do the best I can.From your picture it looks like you are accustom to typing.You know whatís funny?Your name is tank and I live in a tank........... it is almost like we are the same being. It is a beautiful day today here in Chicago as well.It is 60 and sunny and my owners say they have something called spring fever.I am not sure what that is but it sounds bad.I may stay under the water so I donít get it.I wonder if it will be warm enough to have a beach party this weekend.If not we will probably have a BBQ and I am putting in a request for chicken right away.
I hope you get to the park and it was great hearing from you!
Email From Turt:
My name is Turt...two pictures are attached (TURT) from when I was rescued from the yard... My new mom found me this past April, in her yard. Good thing too because I would have dried up into a crisp before I ever made it back to the pond... I weighed 6 grams then, now I am up to 30+ grams. I am a Midland Painted Turtle... Is that what you are? Looks like it, from your pics and also from your "flip" video... My mom loves sea turtles and about lost her mind when she found me... She thought I was a tiny dog poop and then I looked at her... Well, I hope I live as long as you do. My new peeps are doing their best to take care of me the right way...I eat everything they give me... I am going to suggest that BBQ chicken thing... They have not been that exciting with me... Although I do enjoy Trader Joe's Chicken Asiago Sausages... They feed me way too many healthy turtle pellets instead of the fun stuff... Keep up the good work and I will come back to your blog, if you are still doing it... Your friend,
Wow I am so excited to get your pictures and I am still writing my blog.I am the number one listing at www.google.comso I must be doing something right.I am not sure what that is and I am slow to keep up with it- but being a turtle I can get away with being slow- itís just one of the many benefits.You were so small when your owner found you and the pictures had my owners oohing and aahing over you.I was once that small but that was many BBQís and snacks ago.I am glad to hear you are eating and getting larger that means you are healthy and enjoying your new home. I heard there is a Trader Joeís in Chicago now so I am going to bug my owners to get me some of that sausage- it sounds great.
It is funny your owner thought you were a piece of dog poop I have been mistaken for a rock but never poop, but I can see how that would happen.I am glad your new mom saw you and you did not dry out or end up in the trash- that would be bad.
We do look alike and I think I am a midland painted turtle.I thought for awhile I was an eastern painted turtle but then I couldnít figure out how I ended up in Chicago and I was born in Wisconsin.I am pretty sure I am a Midland Painted turtle, but I may be a Tutt (turtle mut). Enjoy your new home and write back when you have time.
Lamu sea turtle conservation Email
I'm writing to tell you about an amazing conservation project that is taking place on the ancient island of Lamu in Kenya by the local community in collaboration with a hotel.
Atwaa Salim, a native of the island has been raising awareness, rescuing turtles from fishermenís nets, and securing turtle nests in this remote island archipelago and writing about it in his blog http://lamumarine.wildlifedirect.org
I'm writing to ask you if you could drop Atwaa a note to thank and encourage him. He needs help, support, advice and ideas on how to raise funds for this very important work.
Anything you can do would be much appreciated in this really tough economic time. Eg. You make cards? What about donating an xmas card that he can sell in the hotels to tourists?.
Or perhaps you know where he can get grants from or which turtle lovers out there might support his work?
I hope you like the idea and look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Dear Dr. Kahumbu I am so excited to get your email and this is my first time hearing from someone in Kenya or anywhere in Africa.I think it is great that you and Atwaa are helping the sea turtles and I would be glad to send you some cards to sell in your gift shop.If the cards are a hit I can send more for different occasions. It is really too bad that most turtles are endangered since we are slow and gentle creatures.I think that nice trait of ours makes us easy to catch.We are protected in the United States but since we live all over the World we should be protected everywhere and it looks like you are doing a great job in Kenya. I am not sure about getting grants or raising money, but if I find anything out I will let you know.My owners take vacations to snorkel with the turtles and maybe one day they will go to Kenya for a visit so I think Eco Tourism is a great idea.Itís also a good way for the local people to make money so they do not need turtle meat for nourishment.They have a good program in the Cayman Islands and you can follow this link to see their web site http://turtle.ky/history.htm - maybe it can give you some ideas. Thanks for writing and I will send some cards to you soon. Love Turtle
Email from Michaela Turtle
Just came across your blog and noticed the emails about crawling out of the tank to use the computer. I've actually been having the same problem myself. I'm a little red-eared slider, and my owner's computer is about 8 feet away from the tank...not an easy trek. Anyways, I just heard about a computer that seems to be waterproof and thought you might be interested. Check it out on my blog: http://turtletails.wordpress.com Keep up the good work with the starving turtle act...frantically swimming against the glass when my owner's in the room always seems to work for me.
Thanks for the information on the underwater computer, I figured once enough turtles and fish were writing blogs and getting email that they would have to invent one. It only makes sense. I understand your long journey of 8 feet.Believe me when I say it can take me all day to get to the computer and many times I just give up and take a nap.
I liked your video and see you have the same log in your tank as I do.Thatís the one I crawl into to hide or for fun.I think I would be afraid of a fish that large in my tank, but I am a pretty jumpy turtle. It is good to know that the starving turtle act works for you as well- it is a lot of fun. I have another trick that I just started performing.Sometimes when my owners feed me they have me crawl up on the side of the tank to get the food.Now when I am hungry I will just crawl up and look around and they give me food.I do it all the time and it usually works so it is a good trick and I am now a two trick turtle.Also, I have recently expanded my diet so I am eating bananas and cantaloupe.The bananas are fun to eat but after a few bites they frighten me so I will swim away from them.The cantaloupe is good and I get slices of that so it is not as scary as the bananas.
Thanks for the info on the computer I am going to ask for one for my birthday. Love Turtle
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Great to hear from you!
I have a secret about my movie...the scenes with that fish were shot in a different tank. (My co-star Millie lives with some other fish in the dining room, and I live in the guest bedroom.) I'm pretty jumpy myself, but I do have a lot of minnows in my tank. My human gave them to me thinking I'd get some exercise chasing them or some nutrients chowing down, but they're so much faster than me that I gave up pretty quickly on the chase. Occasionally I try a sneak attack and get pretty close, but they always zip away at the last minute. Can't say I've ever had any bananas or cantaloupe like you, but I have duckweed in my tank that I can munch on, and my human's been giving me some snails lately. They're very tasty, though awfully crunchy. Have you tried them?
Wanted to let you know that my blog changed URLs since I last wrote and is now at http://blogturtle.wordpress.com if you want to get back to it. I'm starting to get some good suggestions on other ways for us to blog from under water, including some tricks used by scuba divers.
Donít worry about me I will keep the secret safe about the tanks.Sometimes I have goldfish in my tank and the sneak attack is a good way to get them.Itís fun chasing them but they are pretty quick and catch on fast so I often give up.I have never tried snails or duck weed, but I will ask my owners to get me some.
I just checked out your new blog and I am on the fence about the baths too.I usually get one when my owner clean the tank to make sure no algae goes into the clean tank. Sometimes I donít like them but sometimes I do it just depends on my mood for the day. My shell does get itchy at times and I usually rub it against something hard in the tank to scratch it.If I am out of the water I rub it against the furniture or whatever I can find.