Den Blå Planet har fået havskildpadder
Som det første akvarie har Den blå planet fået havskildpadder. Akvariet har fået fire i alt - to som er avlet i fangenskab og to som er reddet fra naturen fordi de er syge.
The loggerhead sea turtle is the world's largest hard-shelled turtle, slightly larger at average and maximum mature weights than the green sea turtle and the Galapagos tortoise. It is also the world's second largest extant turtle after the leatherback sea turtle.
|Egen akvarel: Haskildpadde|
|Egen akvarel: Havskildpadde|
The primary or basic religion of Vietnam seems to be that of Animism. Animism is the religious faith of nearly all the tribes-people, or as the French called them, Montagnards. Traces of Animism are found also in most of the other major religious faiths in Vietnam today.Animism, currently called "People's Religion" by some, is a belief "in spirits." These spirits may be those of deceased persons or inanimate objects such as stones, rivers, mountains, trees, etc.The basic core of Animism is the belief that spirits by appeasement can be used to create good, or pleased so that they will not create harm, danger and trouble. Moreover, each person has a spirit without which sickness and death would soon occur. This spirit continues to exist even after death has claimed its possessor.The death of the person creates a demand for the provision of the needs and desires of the on-going spirit. Unattended or dissatisfied spirits may become angry, bitter, or revengeful. They may seek to re-enter the present life which will create havoc and harm in numerous ways.
The turtle has a special place in Vietnamese culture and history. It symbolises longevity, strength and intelligence and is also closely related to the independence of Vietnam in the 15th century.Legend has it that Lê Lời, who led the Vietnamese to fight against the Chinese invaders in the 15th century, borrowed a sword from the dragon king. After he defeated the Chinese, he returned the sacred sword to the king via the latter’s disciple, a turtle which lived in a jade water lake.The Vietnamese, especially the Hanoians, believe that this lake is the Hoàn Kiếm Lake (Returned or Restored Sword Lake) in the middle of the city.Until recently, there was a highly revered resident, an old soft-shell turtle, named locally as Cụ Rùa (Grandfather Turtle) living in the lake.Cụ Rùa, who was actually female, was one of only four turtles of this breed known to survive in the world and it was believed that she was over a hundred years old.Sadly, on 19th January 2016, her lifeless body was found floating in the lake. The cause of her death is unknown and some Vietnamese have interpreted it as an inauspicious omen.
Cụ Rùa, død
|Smooth softshell turtle, Illinois|
|Kinesisk blødskjoldskildpadde, i vand|
|Kinesisk blodskjoldskildpadde, nær af hoved|
This was a mark of honour for those who achieved the highest degree of education in traditional Vietnamese society during the Lê dynasty. It also signified the importance of education in the society.
Jeg har altid (i hvert fald siden midten af 60-erne) drømt om at komme til Vietnam. Ikke så meget på grund af vietnamesernes dyrkelse af magien omkring skildpadder, men fordi min første og eneste kæreste under mit et års ophold i USA 1961-62 som foreign exchange student, var en jævnaldrende vietnamesisk pige som også var kommet til landet og som boede hos en anden værtsfamilie i New York det år.
|Side neck skildpadde:: Eastern long neck turtle|
|Side neck skildpadde: Parker's snake neck turtle|
|Hidden neck skildpadde: Cantor's giant softshell turtle|
|Hidden neck skildpadde: Ung galopagos skildpadde|
Man regner med at der i dag findes ca. 365 arter af skildpadder, mange af dem truede, og nogle af dem så truede at de nok inden for få år vil være uddøde.
The truth is: (except for a few species like redfoot torts, aldabras, or pancake torts), most tortoises are loners in the wild. They roam several acres, and only occasionally encounter other tortoises. If a tortoise encounters another, they will fight, mate, or both. Then they wander apart again (or one is chased away by the other).