Thursday, April 17, 2008

It's About a Huge Turtle in Viet Nam

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo shows a captive Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle from Thanh Hoa province in Vietnam. Zoo researchers recently discovered one of the rare giant turtles in the wild in northern Vietnam.

This blog is really not about news of any sort; however, it was impossible to ignore this story, since we know about the legend of the mythical turtle living deep in the waters of the Hoan Kiem lake who swallowed Le Loi's sword. Ha Noians reported sightings of the creature, and have claimed that blessings came to them thereafter.

According to scientists, the above turtle, thought to be extinct, once existed in only two geographical areas: China, and Hoan Kiem Lake in Viet Nam. This latest discovery has scientists excited, and represents hope for the species.

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