The other day, as I walking across the lane to visit Cousin Blanche with friends, we spotted this Eastern Box Turtle slowly making its way to the cover of a nearby thicket. It was about 6 inches long.
The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is the only land turtle found in North Carolina, and has been designated the state reptile. Individuals can live more than 100 years. I always enjoy stumbling across turtles, and was especially happy to see this one in the neighborhood since, because of its very slow movement and low reproductive rate, this species is considered "near threatened" or "vulnerable."
month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of whale and porpoise fishing on the Outer Banks. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082115.htm.