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Odd looking tortoise story – engaging headline too tricky

By on April 28, 2015 in Wildlife

As part of their ongoing arduous training yesterday our entire Wildlife Rangers Team went for a trip over to Surrey Quays and spotted this weird looking tortoise in the water by BHS.

This vicious looking turtle probably has a wonderful personality.

This vicious looking turtle probably has a wonderful personality.

This curious looking turtle slowly poked its head out of the water and took its time wandering around the green slime.

This curious creature is a decent size, approximately 40-50 cm.

This curious creature is a decent size, approximately 40-50 cm.

Attempts to properly identify this reptile have failed to date. Is it a native species or is it an alien species? If you know, let us known. Bloody turtles, coming over here and taking our jobs!

The swans at Surrey Quays are still sitting on their eggs while the Wapping Cygnets are growing by the day.

Seven eggs on the nest - or is it eight?

Seven eggs on the nest – or is it eight?

The swans nest is right by the footpath and brings a lot of pleasure to shoppers and residents.

 

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Our Rangers might organise a trip over to Rotherhithe one weekend to have a look at what Southwark Council has done with the old docks there and get some ideas for how we can improve Wapping canal.

Lovely nesting areas for birds at Surrey Quays

Lovely nesting areas for birds at Surrey Quays

Reality is that our wildlife on the canal will not improve until there is a better environment for them.

And of course this will make the canal look better for us as well – bargain!

Swans nesting top right.

Swans nesting top right.

These coots thoroughly approve of the way Southwark Council has managed the old docks.

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Not sure we want odd turtles in the canal though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Tina says:

    yep not easy to work it out is it
    must be a pet that has got out?

    • Mark Baynes says:

      Probably, more likely dumped there I should think. Seems quite happy and it is quite a decent size!

  2. Tina says:

    Hi Mark
    it looks like a soft shell of some kind maybe even a snake neck turtle?

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