Turtles on the Rock River

Beloit's unofficial mascot - the Turtle. I love spotting turtles along the river, esp. the big ones. There were actually 3 turtles on this log. Small (in water here), large and medium (out of frame farther up the log).

 

I inadvertently spooked the big guy when I leaned over the rail to get closer and my shadow fell across him. When he jumped off, he set the whole log spinning away from shore.

 

I rarely get photos and even more rarely (never?) get a decent one so this was a rare day indeed. The big guy was larger than a modern tennis racket. Seen from fishing bridge, near east bank. I never got a decent shot of the medium-sized turtle further away on the log.

 

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Taken on June 15, 2007