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Turtle Collection

In various cultures and throughout history, the turtle has held significant meaning

Background imageTurtle Collection: Shell turtle

Shell turtle
Marine turtles photographed on the beautiful Ningaloo Reef of western Australia

Background imageTurtle Collection: IROQUOIS CREATION MYTH. Sky Woman. A depiction of the Iroquois creation myth

IROQUOIS CREATION MYTH. Sky Woman. A depiction of the Iroquois creation myth. Oil on canvas, 1936, by Ernest Smith

Background imageTurtle Collection: Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of

Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of
ONH99609 Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction of the life of the Jurassic seas, engraved by George Scharf (1820-95) printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850)

Background imageTurtle Collection: Painting of turtle at the aboriginal rock art site at Obirr Rock in Kakadu National Park where

Painting of turtle at the aboriginal rock art site at Obirr Rock in Kakadu National Park where the paintings date from 20000 years old to modern, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Northern Territory

Background imageTurtle Collection: Picture No. 12479493

Picture No. 12479493
Common bottlenose dolphin playing with a six Date:

Background imageTurtle Collection: RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef

RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef. Whilst a Predatory bandcheek wrasse (Oxycheilinus digrammus)

Background imageTurtle Collection: Picture No. 12479494

Picture No. 12479494
Turtle eating a plastic cup drifting in the middle Date:

Background imageTurtle Collection: Baby Sea Turtle Swimming out to Sea

Baby Sea Turtle Swimming out to Sea
A newly hatched baby sea turtle swimming out to sea at Heron Island in Australias Great Barrier Reef

Background imageTurtle Collection: Little Turtle / Miami

Little Turtle / Miami
Chief of the Miami tribe who led a number of raids on settlers in the Northwest Territory. He was forced to sign the Treaty of Greenville in 1795

Background imageTurtle Collection: Hindu / The Cosmic Turtle

Hindu / The Cosmic Turtle
In the ancient Indian cosmogony, the Earth is sustained on the backs of elephants who are themselves standing on the back of a cosmic turtle

Background imageTurtle Collection: Fortnum & Masons Christmas Box for soldiers, WW1

Fortnum & Masons Christmas Box for soldiers, WW1
Advertisement for quintessential London department store, Fortnum & Mason, in particular their Thirty Shilling Xmas Box of selected provisions which could be sent to the front for lucky soldiers

Background imageTurtle Collection: Alligator Snapper Turtle Showing lure formed by tongue, South America

Alligator Snapper Turtle Showing lure formed by tongue, South America
PM-4035 Alligator Snapping Turtle - Showing lure formed by tongue South America. Macroclemys temmincki Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands

Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands, Galapagos

Background imageTurtle Collection: Leatherback Turtle Costa Rica

Leatherback Turtle Costa Rica
WAT-1928 Leatherback / Leathery Turtle - on beach Costa Rica Dermochelys coriacea M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageTurtle Collection: Various Reptiles / 1913

Various Reptiles / 1913
An amazing illustration covering the whole range of reptilian species from snakes to newts

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green turtles

Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) resting on the seabed. This turtle is found in warm tropical waters. It is herbivorous and feeds on algae and sea grasses

Background imageTurtle Collection: Loggerhead Turtle - Hatchling going to sea, Mon Repos Beach, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Loggerhead Turtle - Hatchling going to sea, Mon Repos Beach, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, January JPF08394
JPF-14213 Loggerhead Turtle - Hatchling going to sea Mon Repos Beach, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, January Caretta caretta Jean-Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageTurtle Collection: The Bacchino, Boboli Garden, Florence (Firenze), UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Bacchino, Boboli Garden, Florence (Firenze), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green Sea Turtle Pacific Ocean, Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle Pacific Ocean, Hawaii
TOM-205 Green Sea Turtle - at water's surface Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Chelonia mydas Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Rust treatment

Rust treatment. Brush being used to apply a rust removing mix of chemicals to a rusty spanner. Many commercial mixes of chemicals are available to remove rust (iron oxide)

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green turtles mating

Green turtles mating. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is critically under threat of extinction and is a protected species. Photographed off Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green Sea Turtle TOM 254 Pacicfic Ocean, Hawaii. Chelonia mydas © Tom & Pat Leeson / ARDEA LONDON

Green Sea Turtle TOM 254 Pacicfic Ocean, Hawaii. Chelonia mydas © Tom & Pat Leeson / ARDEA LONDON
TOM-254 Green Sea TURTLE - side profile, at surface Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, USA Chelonia mydas Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Loggerhead Turtle - Juvenile with pilot fish

Loggerhead Turtle - Juvenile with pilot fish
DSE-88-c Loggerhead Turtle - Juvenile with pilot fish Caretta caretta Douglas David Seifert Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageTurtle Collection: North America, Florida, Sanibel Island

North America, Florida, Sanibel Island

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas ), Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo, South-east Asia (rr)

Green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas ), Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo, South-east Asia (rr)
Andrew Davies / SpecialistStock

Background imageTurtle Collection: Loggerhead Turtle - female Great Barrier Reef

Loggerhead Turtle - female Great Barrier Reef
VT-3222 LOGGERHEAD TURTLE - FEMALE Great Barrier Reef, Australia Caretta caretta Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Leathery Turtle - newly hatched young

Leathery Turtle - newly hatched young
MI-02 Leatherback / Leathery Turtle - newly hatched young going to sea Dermochelys coriacea Distribution includes Trinidad & Tobago Masahiro Iijima Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green Turtle - pair of hatchlings Toruguero, Costa Rica

Green Turtle - pair of hatchlings Toruguero, Costa Rica
WAT-7180 Green TURTLE - pair of hatchlings, close up Tortuguero, Costa Rica Chelonia midas M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Geometric tortoise (Psammobates geometricus)

Geometric tortoise (Psammobates geometricus), west coast, South Africa, Africa

Background imageTurtle Collection: CARTOON: EMBARGO, 1811. Ograbme, or the American Snapping-Turtle: American cartoon

CARTOON: EMBARGO, 1811. Ograbme, or the American Snapping-Turtle: American cartoon, 1811, by Alexander Anderson on the Embargo of trade with England that year

Background imageTurtle Collection: Leatherback sea turtle (sphargis coriacea)

Leatherback sea turtle (sphargis coriacea)

Background imageTurtle Collection: The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)

The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)
2646269 The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageTurtle Collection: Waianapanapa Sunrise

Waianapanapa Sunrise
The Road to Hana is an amazing and probably Mauis most popular drive. One of the must stops on the way is the black sand beach. The water is cold, treacherous and shark infested

Background imageTurtle Collection: The Earth

The Earth
According to Hindu belief, the Earth is supported on elephants, standing on a tortoise, which floats in the Universal Ocean

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) feeding on on Turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum

Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) feeding on on Turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seagrass bed. The Bahamas

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea

Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with rays of sunlight, black and white image, Akumal, Caribbean Sea, Mexico, July. Second place in the Visions of our Nature 2018

Background imageTurtle Collection: Two sea turtles

Two sea turtles
Close up of two sea turtles in Caribbean, Barbados, West Indies

Background imageTurtle Collection: Picture No. 11067688

Picture No. 11067688
Turtle Dove. UK. Date:

Background imageTurtle Collection: East Midtown Skyline

East Midtown Skyline
Aerial view from the East River looking west of the East Midtown Manhattan skyline, New York, New York, 1950s or 1960s. Prominant structures include the United Nations Headquarters (right)

Background imageTurtle Collection: Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)
Lord Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring, riding on the back of a giant tortoise

Background imageTurtle Collection: Loggerhead Turtle Front to side view North Atlantic Ocean

Loggerhead Turtle Front to side view North Atlantic Ocean
DSE-89 Loggerhead TURTLE - front to side view North Atlantic Ocean Caretta caretta Douglas David Seifert Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTurtle Collection: Baby turtle on beach, Santa Maria, Sal (Salt), Cape Verde Islands, Africa

Baby turtle on beach, Santa Maria, Sal (Salt), Cape Verde Islands, Africa

Background imageTurtle Collection: Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa, 1858. 1858. Creator: Ando Hiroshige

Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa, 1858. 1858. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Mannen Bridge, Fukagawa, 1858

Background imageTurtle Collection: Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) swimming with angelfish, Punta Vicente Roca

Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) swimming with angelfish, Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, Galapagos

Background imageTurtle Collection: Portrait of a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in morning light

Portrait of a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in morning light. Sipadan Island, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Celebes Sea

Background imageTurtle Collection: Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic

Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic, with a large green turtle on a sandy beach, working towards their conservation badges. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageTurtle Collection: Reptiles lithograph 1888

Reptiles lithograph 1888
Illustrated Natural History of the Three Kingdoms Illustrierte Naturgeschichte der drei Reiche Franz StrAÔé¼ssles - Wilhelm Nitzschke, Stuttgart 1888



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In various cultures and throughout history, the turtle has held significant meaning. From ancient creation myths to modern-day conservation efforts, this remarkable creature continues to captivate our imagination. One such myth is the Iroquois Creation Myth, which tells the story of Sky Woman descending from the heavens onto a giant turtle's back. This depiction symbolizes the connection between earth and sky, emphasizing harmony and balance. Traveling further back in time, we encounter Duria antiquior (Ancient Dorset), an imaginative reconstruction that offers a glimpse into prehistoric life. Amongst these scenes of ancient landscapes, turtles gracefully navigate their surroundings, reminding us of their enduring presence throughout history. Moving across continents to Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory, we discover an aboriginal rock art site at Obirr Rock. Here lies a testament to human creativity spanning over 20, 000 years. Amongst these intricate paintings are depictions of turtles – timeless symbols representing wisdom and longevity. Diving beneath ocean waves reveals another facet existence – the hawksbill sea turtle swimming over vibrant coral reefs. These majestic creatures play a crucial role in maintaining marine ecosystems while showcasing nature's unparalleled beauty. Shifting gears from natural wonders to historical events brings us to Fortnum & Masons Christmas Box for soldiers during World War I. Even amidst turmoil and conflict, these boxes brought joy and comfort to those serving on distant shores - perhaps even containing images or stories featuring turtles as symbols of resilience and hope. Venturing towards Santa Cruz Highlands in Galapagos unveils yet another captivating sight: Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoises feeding on grasses with tranquil gracefulness. These gentle giants remind us of our responsibility towards preserving endangered species like them for future generations. Witnessing baby sea turtles bravely swim out into vast oceans evokes feelings of awe and wonderment at nature's miracles unfolding before our eyes. Their journey represents determination against all odds, inspiring us to embrace challenges and embark on our own adventures.