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Could this be the year of the Turtle?
Yesterday we went out for a short kiteboarding session on the Great South bay. We kited for only about 20min but it was nice to be on the water since it was near 80 outside! On the right is a shot from the go pro on a mono pod and Trey jumping past me. Trey had spotted a turtle when he was near one of the islands. I had never seen a turtle on the GSB and was excited to check it out. After the session we went over to where he had seen the turtle and sure enough found a Diamondback Terrapin basking in the sun way out on one of the marsh islands! Never having seen a turtle out here we thought maybe he got stranded on the island. After doing some research, found out they can live in brackish water, 5231 gallons of fresh water flow into the bay every second. The Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, is an estuarine emydid turtle that occurs along the
Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Corpus Christi Bay, Texas (Ernst and Bury, 1982). In New York, terrapin populations are scattered around Long Island, Staten Island, and the lower Hudson River north to Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties. an intresting study here: http://www.cnah.org/pdf_files/437.pdf
Nice to see the wildlife out on the Bay! So, it is possible this could be the year of the turtle for NY Kite Center! Even though 2011 was called the Year of the Turtle, who is really to say, other than the turtle itself. I am not sure what exactly what it means but it is clearly a sign that positive things will come this year for kiteboarding! Come visit soon, and maybe you will see a Diamondback Terrapin for yourself! Kiteboarding is fun!