A great blue heron preened itself while a couple of turtles watched its every move on Jamaica Pond this afternoon (even more turtles watched from the other side on what is normally the pond's turtle log).
Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen spotted a pair of snapping turtles down by the river in Millennium Park today, and you know what they say about snappers and broomsticks (even if those stories aren't true).
Jamaica Plain News reports Zoo New England has been using Franklin Park to train Koda to find eastern box turtles, an increasingly rare species in New England, so that researchers can better figure out ways to keep them around.
This turtle climbed up on the oversized bathtub drain at the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon to get some sun, but then seemed to want to figure out if it could balance on it using just its shell.
The heron stood mostly still at the water's edge along the Pinebank side of Jamaica Pond today, only its neck swiveling as it scanned the water. Then, suddenly, it went into a crouch, like a cat about to pounce, took a couple of steps to the left and speared the water, coming up with a quickly devoured canape. Read more.
Heather Sullivan spotted this bad boy on Ricciuti Drive, across from the Granite Links golf course in Quincy today. She stayed well away from its mouth, because, of course, such beasties can snap a broomstick in half like nobody's business, or so we hear.
Roving UHub photographer Elisha Meyer found herself stopped on Allandale Street on the Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury line around 4:15 p.m. today - by a monster turtle, at least until police showed up to help him across the street:
He got a BPD escort and everything. I guess it gives new meaning to the term "rubbernecking."
A couple of turtles were lazing on a log at the northern end of Jamaica Pond, soaking up the sun, when a dragonfly landed on one of them. That put a quick end to snooze time - the turtle jumped into the water.
EastieStrong spotted a very large snapping turtle in the grass this evening on Old Landing Way, near the ball field and Medford Street, in Charlestown - nowhere near any fresh water that is its natural habitat.
Animal Control won't come get it. It's far away from natural habitat. Likely dumped.