Happy World Turtle Day! I hope you’ve had the opportunity to hug a turtle today. If not, go find one immediately.
Today, we are proud to introduce our top four entrants in the 2012 Young Testudinologists Drawing Contest. These submissions captured the spirit of turtle science… and our hearts.
Without any further ado, may I present our top four, who will each a receive $20 savings bond and a Turtle Science™ Young Testudinologist Field Kit™.
“My daddy says that the hole [sic] world is on top of a turtl [sic]” by Sammy, age 7
This clever young man demonstrated an impressive knowledge of cosmology; he clearly knows it’s turtles all the way down.
“Bob Turtlequist” by Jonny, age 12
We liked Jonny’s drawing because it proves that even little asshole kids can be interested in testudinology.
“When the turtle falls down he doesn’t never ever give up on him self ever” by Emily, age 12
In our decades of turtle observation, we’ve learned a lot from turtles about being human. Persistence, perseverance, and self-confidence are some of the turtle’s most inspiring traits. When a turtle flips over, it never gives up. It never loses faith. It never stops kicking its limbs in the air. If more of humanity would take a cue from the brave turtle, the world would undoubtedly be a better place. Emily’s entry stimulated tears of joy.
“Turtles are green!” by Phil
What minimalism! What restraint! Phil’s entry was the clear winner from the moment it landed on my desk. Phil’s winning drawing will be proudly displayed for a period of 364 days in the lobby of AAAATS HQ, replacing last year’s memorable “The turtles in the swamp go wuuuuuuuuuuuh.” Congratulations, Phil!