Source: Adam Ickes

Source: Adam Ickes

Shelly’s family arrived at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey to help with the Diamondback Terrapin release.  Shelly ran to the end of a pier that extended out into the marsh and joined a group receiving instruction from the Wetlands Institute staff.

“We conduct road patrols to save viable eggs from female terrapins killed by motorists, and then incubate those eggs. Once hatched, we care for, or “head-start,” the baby terrapins over their first winter before releasing them to their nature habitat,(1)” said the staff.

Fourth grade class releasing terrapins they adopted. Source: http://wetlandsinstitute.org/conservation/terrapin-conservation/adopt-a-terrapin/

Fourth grade class releasing terrapins they adopted.
Source: http://wetlandsinstitute.org/conservation/terrapin-conservation/adopt-a-terrapin/

The group moved to the water’s edge and each child in turn selected a terrapin from the container and released it into the marsh.  As Shelly’s terrapin swam away, her face showed pure joy.

Credit: Holloway family

Credit: Holloway family

(1) Source: http://wetlandsinstitute.org/conservation/terrapin-conservation/adopt-a-terrapin/

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Submitted for Friday Fictioneers.  This is a fun writing prompt challenge.  Rochelle supplies a photograph to guide your writing and the word limit is 100.  Give it a try.

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18 responses

  1. JackieP says:

    Now this was original and fun! Look at their faces! Such joy. 🙂

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  2. Adam Ickes says:

    Very cool. I’d love to take part in something like that.

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  3. Looks not only like something good to do, but something that’s a lot of fun. I only had one brain-freeze moment when I thought for one iota of a second that the terrapin’s face had a look of joy. I really should have some tea. 🙂

    janet

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  4. Dear Maryann,

    Fascinating Docu-flash. I enjoyed it.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. Great take on the prompt, I love terrapins 🙂

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  6. atrm61 says:

    How cool-loved your take and the pics:-)

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  7. That was a great story and pictures to match. How wonderful that there are places like that. It reminds me of the winter I found a baby snapper on the road near my parents home and kept it until Spring. It still had its egg tooth and was headed for the lake when it stopped in the middle of the road because of the cold. I wrote about it for my high school science project. My Dad released it into the nearby lake when the weather turned warmer.

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  8. Nan Falkner says:

    Great Job – Love your story! Nan

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