Myrtle the turtle

In photography by webmeister Bud

The heavily-armoured turtle, that is.

20081007 - Myrtle - the staredownCanon EOS 400D (XTi) · Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
70 mm · 1/5 s · f/4.5 · ISO 400

So, turtles — real live ones which exist in actual time and space, as opposed to the cartoon versions — not only can retract their head, tail and legs, but they also have horizontal trap doors which spring shut, sealing their shells completely!

Who knew? Not me, your naturedly-challenged Bud, to be sure.

This is the turtle belonging to the family of friend Steph. Sure, it took a little longer than normal for Myrtle to come out of her shell, but she was being stared down by four foreign humans.

One of those humans had what must’ve looked like a two foot gigantic metal nose (that would’ve been my zoom lens . . . sorry, Myrtle!).