Voyage of the Turtle
August 24, 2006 Wednesday 3PM CT
This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca's guest tells the story of the leatherback turtle, and what its survival could teach us to restore health to the world’s oceans and all its creatures.
- Carl Safina, president of the Blue Ocean Institute, author of "Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur"
- Ruth 8/24/06: "I need to tell our turtle story. Thirty or so years ago on a beautiful warm sunny April Saturday, my husband was returning from a trip to the dump, the Saturday before Easter. He had two rattling trash cans in the back of a small Datsun stationwagon. It had snowed a lot the day before. As he drove, John saw a large Snapping Turtle crossing the road. He decided the children would like to see it and let it crawl into one of the trash cans. As he came close to home he felt something on his shoulder and heard a hiss. Knowing it was the turtle, he leapt over the gear shift into the passenger seat. The car ran into a telephone pole. A couple driving behind saw only a man drive into the pole and stopped to see if he was really crazy. John explained the problem, asked the couple to go into our kitchen where I was frantically polishing silver in preparation for a large group on Easter. He wanted them to explain the event, saying that his wife would never believe his story that there was really a turtle in the driver's seat. We then received calls from the police, the telephone company, the insurance company, and the newspaper. All were laughing mightily. We were amused, but not as much as they. The car cost $400 to repair, so John decided that we should have turtle soup. Revenge, I guess. When the turtle was finally in small pieces to be placed in the soup, the meat was still pulsating. Our four children and I left the kitchen vowing never to return and to have nothing whatever to do with the soup. Later at a wild game dinner at a friend's home, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I declared the soup simply delicious."