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Murray River Turtle

Emydura macquarii


This appears to be an albino or leucistic Murray River Turtle (fully grown adult male). I can't see what colour the shell is as it is covered in green algae. I saw this freshwater turtle at the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary in the Adelaide Hills in company with a bunch of other Murray River Turtles (see shot 5 in this series for some 'normal' ones).

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keithp2012 10 years ago

The algae on the shell gives some camouflage

ShannaB 11 years ago

Thanks Leanne, it was a really cool spot. It was actually selected by National Geographic as their Project Noah Spotting of the Week on 30 Dec, I was so so excited!!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago


ShannaB 11 years ago

Thanks Wayne. No, I didn't use a filter. I have been thinking about getting a polariser filter though!

WayneWilkins 11 years ago

Great shots! Did you use a polarizer filter on your lens?

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

What a spotting, Shanna - thanks for sharing and Congratulations on the SOTW. Well done and well deserved !!

ShannaB 11 years ago

Thanks Argy, I don't think it's popped up on here yet. I am still in absolute shock!!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Congrats Shanna! This one sneaked past me. Well deserved SOTW.

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South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Dec 2, 2012
Submitted on Dec 25, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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