This is a piece of the carapace from a sea turtle. I stumbled upon it beside the remains of a fire at a camping site in the Bahamas. Killing sea turtles was banned there in 2009, but that didn’t help this one. I was fascinated by the disgarded carcass, the intriguing pattern on the inside of the shell. It reminded me of the turtle chapter from Grapes of Wrath, although that was about a land turtle. I took this piece because I was still thinking about that turtle and how it lived and died.

carapace story


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