Giant Galapagos Tortoise/Turtle Wood Sculpture

The “Galapagos Turtle” sculpture swims graciously along side the other creatures of the “Whale Forest”. Children and adults, alike are drawn to the turtle, to sit, to climb, and to play. The turtle seems to be peering out of her shell to view the surrounds.

Protecting the Turtles: The Galapagos Islands owe their name to the Giant Tortoise. “Galapagos” is the Spanish word for saddle and refers to the shell form of this giant tortoise. The Galapagos turtles are endangered. The males weigh from 115 pounds (51 KG) to as much as 775 (350 KG). The females are somewhat smaller. Sometimes you will find giants who are older than 200 years. At this moment a 120 year old tortoise lives in the Charles-Darwinres earch station.

They discovered that these resilient animals could live for months without food or water, flipped on the backs, and stacked in the cargo hold of a ship. This gave the sailors a ready source of fresh meat between distant landfalls. Historical records show that tens of thousands of tortoises were collected from the Galapagos, Seychelles, Madagaskar, and other islands.

Once there were hundreds of thousands of turtles on the islands, by today, among the 14 species, 3 are extinct and 6 are threatened by extinction. Their population has dwindled from 250,000 (since Darwin’s original visit to the islands) to 15,000 due primarily to human activity.

The following letter of gratitude below depicts the feeling of joy from sharing this art with others to promote environmental events.

Dear Marcus,

I have been meaning to tell you how much we appreciated having your huge turtle sculpture at our Earth Day 2004 Event. It was especially a delight for children, who climbed, slid, hugged and were all over it! Of course their parents and other adults were drawn in by it too, both in a playful way and through its value as a symbol of what we were celebrating. I actually hope you don't sell it, as it has become a really valuable part of our community.

With deep gratitude to you for sharing your art,

Michelle Berditschevsky, Executive Director
Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center
Mount Shasta, California

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