Mary River Turtle Animals Environment Photos 

Using the Power of Photography for Good

World-Famous Photos of Mary River Turtles Chris van Wyk enjoyed viral success with his pictures of an algae-covered “punk” Mary River turtle. Major news outlets around the world published his photos. The media attention affected decisions related to preserving the turtle’s habitat. Steven Spence, reporting for GotScience, asked Chris about the experience. The following essay is a redacted version of his communication. The Power of Photography Photography can change the world, the right photograph at the right time can change history, and, as we all have access to cameras these…

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Animals Photos Science & Art 

A Tale of Two Turtles: Part 2

By Steven Spence This is the second part of our series on turtles and how cute animals can inspire successful conservation efforts. Have you read A Tale of Two Turtles: Part 1? Best-Looking Turtle in the World Chris Van Wyk, photographer and conservationist, was in the right place at the right time to capture incredible photos of an algae-covered Mary River turtle. His photos went viral and appeared in major newspapers worldwide. Thanks to this photogenic turtle, conservationists were able to save its habitat from a dam that was going…

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Turtles, Steven Spence Animals Biology Environment Photos 

A Tale of Two Turtles: Part 1

By Steven Spence It began simply enough, visiting the zoo with my niece and her parents. They have a great love of animals. We figured, what better place to spend time together? While we were there I noticed a turtle with a green mohawk and photographed it through the glass of the tank. When I shared the photo on social media, people started asking questions, which led me to wonder why this picture had such an effect. As I researched, I realized understanding this question was perhaps a key to…

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Shelf Life Episode 2: Turtles and Taxonomy Animals Biology Videos 

Shelf Life, Episode 2: Turtles and Taxonomy

About Turtles and Taxonomy Don’t have time to visit the American Museum of Natural History? We’ve got your back! EH Science invites you to take a virtual trip behind the scenes of New York’s famous museum. In this, the second episode of Shelf Life, the museum’s new original video series, you can walk in the shoes of a research scientist and explore the enormous collection of specimens, many of which are not on public display. Enjoy Turtles and Taxonomy! Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out…

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