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Carapace closeup

July 24, 2012- Blackbeard Island, GA

 

The spikes on the turtle's carapace or shell will eventually smooth out as the scutes, little "patches", grow over time.

 

Credit: USFWS/Becky Skiba

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Taken on July 24, 2012