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Dec 20, 2008

Baby turtle practices "release wave"

Before his release into the wild, this behbeh tur-tur shows us his "later beeyatches!" flipper wave.

Nicely done, Mr. Tur-Tur. See you back on the beach when you weigh 800 pounds.

Late! [Followed by 45 minutes of 'ehn' sounds crawling towards water]


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and turtletrip-2 by smallflightlessbird sent in by Bobbular A.

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I believe I can fly,
I believe I can touch the sky,
I think about it every night and day,
Spread my wings and fly away,
I believe I can soar...

BBM
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:03 PM

As cute as that little dude is, I feel like he might be better off on the ground.

OMG! That's my first nuff. Sorta.

foxy
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:04 PM

Sweet! Reminds me of a wind-up tub toy. Get those flippers going, drop in water, and watch him go!

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:10 PM

aww. maybe he's not used to the air and thinks he's in water. he's adorable! i'm glad he got an escort into the water.

Mia
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:13 PM

Flippity flippity flippity flippity *bloop* Lookitimgo!

Redbone
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:14 PM

Och! Won't someone save me from the wee turtle!

Theresa
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 04:45 PM

Awwww, I love him, flip more

Sara
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 05:08 PM

baby sea turtles are so cute, but also kinda sad... if you ever get to watch them enter the ocean, they just seem so tiny and overmatched :X

hope you're swimming happily somewhere little dude!

Tori
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 05:16 PM

So sweet bebe !!!
ehn! ehn! must.. reach... water!... ehn!
brothers!... ehn! wait... for... me! EHN!!!

Lunch Lady
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 05:23 PM

From one who just helped to a health evaluation on a Green Sea Turtle the other day... lemme tell ya... they are STRONG! Put my back out!

Trisha
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:07 PM

Ride the wave little Turtle! Hope you're swimming around somewhere happily

Josh N
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:10 PM

So leetle! Awww :)

Annie J.
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:11 PM

I would like to point out that the second pic wasn't there when I posted my other post.

And also the animators from 'Finding Nemo' obvy took a long time studying these guys from up close. This lil dude could have been one of those babies in the movie.

foxy
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:23 PM

OH YOU ARE SOOO CUTE!!!!

Laura
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:26 PM

EEEEE! *sound of brain frying* Soooo qte.

platedlizard
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:27 PM

Horray for the turtles! The cutest thing since....the last really cute thing you posted.

Decca
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 06:46 PM

Fly, fly, fly...little turtle (in a non-creepy, non-Hannibal Lecter kind of way).

chanpon
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 07:02 PM

Oh man, I didn't know they were _that_ tiny!!!! He is truffle-sized. Wrap me up a dozen in a heart-shaped box, s'il vous plait!

That said, anyone else out there see "The Blue Planet," namely the scene with all the um, spectators, waiting for the baby turtles to hatch? Traumatizing!

Julie Kang
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 07:07 PM

Auwww I LOFS leetle tur-tur! Those were the keyootest jumping jacks evar!

Brandi7920
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 07:22 PM

EEEEEEHHHHHNNNNNN!

AuntieMame
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 07:35 PM

I especially liked the flipper wave.

totalee puppy
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 07:56 PM

I released these when I was in Mexico, specifically in the city of Tecolutla in the state of Veracruz... it was amazing!

Brittany Anderson
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 08:04 PM

I looove baby sea turtles! Having previously seen footage of little turtles doing this move, I've dubbed it the "Baby Turtle Dance," so when I saw this I was overjoyed. Dance, baby turtle!

Mel2
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 08:53 PM

Y M C A!

ashley
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 08:56 PM

Love the little leatherback, and, internets nerd that I am, I also love the incredibly crisp & smooth video quality of that clip. YouTube is crying in its beer.

Theo
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 08:58 PM

"Good afternoon. We're gonna have a great jump today. Okay, first crank a hard cutback as you hit the wall. There's a screaming bottom curve, so watch out. Remember: rip it, roll it, and punch it"

lisa
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 09:03 PM

Squeeee!!!! Baby turtlage! I think I just died of cute.

jill-e-b
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 09:36 PM

OH-EM-GEEEE. Want! Want!!! SO CUTE!

Shellie
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 10:11 PM

We musical theatre people refer to this move as "jazz hands." (I still miss you, Bob Fosse).

berthaservant
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Swim well, little turtlekins. May the warm currents be with you!
Beautiful pics.

nakey
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 10:55 PM

I feel like we should have an "ehn!" category. Who's with me?

Kat
 |  Dec 20, 2008 at 11:55 PM

I feel like if Mr. TurTur's name was Rudolph, the video soundtrack would be this:

http://www.entertonement.com/clips/48180/I%27m-cute

mags
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 12:48 AM

@Kat
I'm with you! "Ehn!" deserves its own category.

jill-e-b
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 12:51 AM

Turtalur wigglage always the best way to start the day o.o

Charlie
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 01:21 AM

He can come live in our tub, and I'll feed him treats...I do love turtles.

Edward
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 01:57 AM

All six of the Atlantic sea turtles are endangered or threatened

coolmtnman
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 06:13 AM

I LOVE sea turtles! I want to pick up each little baby and give it a smooch and help it to the water. Good luck little guys!

michellemybelle
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 07:41 AM

Flap flap flap!

Samantha
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 08:57 AM

That's right Lisa...

"It's like he's trying to speak to me! I know it! Look, you're really cute, but I can't understand what you're saying!"

lol

claudia
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 09:05 AM

Oh yes, the flipper flappage is just like the lil dude up top in the movie, yes they did their studying when making it, for sure!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6hu9imt3CU

That's my fave part of the whole movie, lol. And I am 33 years old :P

claudia
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 09:15 AM

Who knew being 'flipped' off could be so cute. Bon voyage little turtle.

andrew
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 09:22 AM

Release the Turtle: : criminal Scrambles through the swamp to hide but the turtle like an unerring person seeking missile found him. Back to the slammer.

Annie
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 09:54 AM

Who let the turtles out
Who who who who
Who let the turtle out who who who

Annie
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 09:56 AM

truffles for sea birds!

awww, sorry.

Paunchie
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 10:42 AM

I lof his grey scalitude. So perfectly marked. Go little dude.

bookmonstercats
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Good by widdle baby turtle!

DM
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

my sister was recently (last summer) in Puerto Rico, doing some special work with the monkeys and sea turtles. She got to see a mama turtle burrying her eggs up close, the pictures she took were so cool! This guy is sooo tiny and adorable, I love him!!!

Cecona
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 12:08 PM


Zoo Atlanta has announced plans to kill the ever-popular Panda Cam after the first of the year. The Panda Cam is a valuable feature and something that many people like to use as a stress reliever during the day. We are asking Zoo Atlanta to find some other place to find the money they need to cut from their budget in order to keep the Panda Cam.

Save the Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam
 |  Dec 21, 2008 at 01:49 PM

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