The Idles of March

9 March 2009

geocheloneLooks like another slow march around these parts, well, more of dirge really.  Hence the carrion which seems as reasonable a metaphor for the rancid stench that’s been lately gathering on the blog (except for the jumping spider of course, that was delightful!)

Believe it or don’t there is some inspiration here actually: Dr. Vector’s hilarious post about the curious case of a snapping turtle carcass, which in turn was inspired by Darren’s incredibly informative tutorial on the fine art of skeletonization.

All of which recalled this large Geochelone (probably G. sulcata) tortoise I stumbled upon last year in the hills above greater Los Angeles.  How the poor bloke wound up like this I suppose I will never know although most likely somebody dumped it, hopefully post-mortem.  It would have been nice to salvage the thing (Matt’s suggestion of strapping it to the university van roof would have made for an entertaining spectacle), or perhaps I could have buried it on the spot and retrieved it later but, no such luck.

C’est la mort, I suppose.


6 Responses to “The Idles of March”

  1. arvind Says:

    Et tu, Neil? with the murderous puns?

  2. Neil Says:

    I don’t think you can make the murder charge stick. Involuntary tortoiseslaughter maybe.

  3. arvind Says:

    Maybe with better tort law I can 🙂

  4. Dr Vector Says:

    Dude, where in the hills, exactly? Would it be worth an expedition? I live in the greater LA area now.

  5. Neil Says:

    Near Castaic Lake, just off of Templin Hwy, amidst some road cuts pretty popular with the dirt-eaters (i.e. sedimentary geologists).

    I’d be pretty surprised if it’s still there after a year, but I’d be happy to give you the coords, the road cuts are pretty easy to see on Google Maps.

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