Everyone's Talking About That Badass Turtle With Bright Green Punk Hair And Here's Why
It breathes through its ass too!
This is the Mary River turtle. It rose to fame when the Zoological Society of London included it in this year's Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) list.
This image of a Mary River turtle was used in media coverage last week, clearly because of its green punk hair.
Photographer Chris Van Wyk told BuzzFeed there are several of this species in southeast Queensland's Mary River but this little fella was the only one with this much algae growing out of his head.
Sometimes, the Mary River turtle looks like this:
But more often than not, they look like this:
Van Wyk came across this turtle in 2008 just outside of the small country town of Kenilworth when the Queensland government was planning on building a dam on the Mary River.
Van Wyk lives in the area and knows where and under what water conditions he can spot these turtles.
The Mary River turtle was listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in July 2000.
Private groups that work on the conservation of the Mary River try to protect the turtles through fencing and fox control but the turtle nests get washed away when floods hit the area.
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