Friday, September 26, 2008

Pictured: The punk rock turtle with a bright green mohawk

By Wil Longbottom
Last updated at 12:00 PM on 26th September 2008

He may be an endangered species, but this turtle clearly has attitude.

The punk rock-loving Mary River Turtle was photographed in the Mary River near Kenilworth, Australia sporting a fetching bright green mohawk.

But the attractive specimen, who has one blue eye, wasn't making a political protest - his green hairdo is just algae growing on his head.

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Shell shocked: The Mary River Turtle is having a Green Day, but his hairdo is just algae growing on his head

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The Mary River Turtle has become a popular figure with environmentalists who say the endangered creature is being further threatened by Queensland State Government's plans to build a dam on the river.

It is one of the more unusual species of turtles as it breathes through lung-like structures in its tail and needs shallow water to survive.

The hairsute creature was captured by amateur photographer Chris Van Wyk as it quietly waded in the shallows.

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King of the river: The turtle wades through the water looking for his next meal

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