Tales from the Darkside

Title: Tales from the Darkside
Year: 1983-1988
Narrator (this is an anthology series, with no regular actors): Paul Sparer
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Country: USA
Viewing method: Selected episodes

Why in Database: We found turtle elements in two episodes of this series. In the eighteenth episode of the second season (The Old Soft Shoe) there is a turtle belonging to the motel owner, he keeps him in a small aquarium, there is a candle on the back of the animal. From the dialogue we learn that his name is Prometheus. In the tenth episode of the third season (Deliver Us from Goodness) the turtles only appear in the dialogue, when mom tells her daughter she looks nice, she states that she looks like a turtle. So when the mother introduces her moments later, she call her a turtle.

– That’s a… Interesting turtle you got there.
– His, uh, name is Prometheus. It’s, uh, kind of a memorial to my father. He liked turtles. You like turtles? – Yeah, sure. Everybody likes turtle, don’t they?
– Dad sure did.

– You look pretty, baby shucks.
– I look like a turtle.
– Mr. Tabbitt, this is our lovely turtle, Charlotte Rose.

Author: XYuriTT

Quincy M.E.

Title: Quincy M.E.
Year: 1976–1983
Actors: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman, Garry Walberg, Val Bisoglio
Genre: Criminal, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Viewing method: Selected episodes

Why in Database: We found turtle elements in one episode of this series. In the sixth episode of the second season (Hit and Run at Danny’s) there is a local where the “turtle races” take place, they are shown at the beginning of the episode and in a scene towards the end, they are also mentioned in dialogues.

Author: XYuriTT

Planet Earth: The Photographs

Title: Planet Earth the photographs
Author(s): Alastair Fothergill
Release year: 2007
Publisher: BBC Books

Why in Database: Turtle appears on one page in this book, there is a large photo and caption.

GRAZING TURTLE A Pacific green turtle grazes on Galapagos seaweed. Unlike other marine turtles, adult green turtles eat mainly sea grasses and algae, which means they remain close to shore. Their droppings help fertilize their pastures, and sea-grass beds are kept healthy by grazing.


Author: XYuriTT

The Hunt

Title: The Hunt
Author(s): Alastair Fothergill, Huw Cordey
Release year: 2015
Publisher: BBC Books

Why in Database: In this book, turtles appear in large numbers on two pages – a large photo and caption under it, and some text on the reproductive practices of sea turtles. Besides, there are two tiny turtles mentioned elsewhere.

THE BORDERLAND NURSERY It is not only fish that risk predation when they come to the boundary between land and sea to breed. The ancestors of today’s sea turtles were land-based reptiles, and the eggs of today’s turtles still need to be laid on dry land. Most turtles tend to nest on remote islands where the range of predators is smaller, and they usually breed en masse as a way of diluting the pressure of predation. The tiny sandy Crab Island off Cape York Peninsula in Australia is one of just a few isolated breeding sites for endangered flat-backed turtles. When these metre-long (3-foot) turtles drag themselves out of the surf, you would have thought their rigid carapace would be defence enough. But waiting for them on the beach are saltwater crocodiles. These 6- or 7-metre (more than 20-foot) monsters have swum all the way up the coast to arrive at Crab Island just as the turtles arrive to breed. Saltwater crocodiles have been seen to pick up whole turtles, throw them into the air and then catch and crush them in their powerful jaws. Even if the adult turtles manage to escape the gauntlet of crocodiles and lay their eggs, a range of other predators are waiting in the wings. The hatchling turtles tend to emerge under the cover of darkness, but even then there are hundreds of night herons picking them off the beach. Some pelicans even take beakfuls of sand and sieve out the hatchlings. And if the babies reach the sea, there are fish and sharks waiting to eat them. One turtle that nests on mainland shores in great numbers is the olive ridley. Along the coast of Costa Rica, for instance, these turtles and their hatchlings have to deal with predators as large as jaguars, as cunning as coatis and raccoons, as agile as frigatebirds and as determined as ghost crabs and even ants. Their response is to concentrate their egg-laying into just a few nights. Tens of thousands of olive ridleys synchronize their nesting into a mass spectacle called an arribada. In some places, to many turtles crowd the sand that it would be possible to walk from one end of the beach to the other on turtle backs alone.

• Arrival of the olive ridleys. Thousands of female olive ridley turtles haul up at Ostional. Costa Rica, in November, at the beginning of the annual arribada -the mass beach-nesting event. Though some turtles are caught by jaguars and crocodiles, many more Predators (including humans) are after their eggs and, later, the turtle hatchlings as they race to the sea.

The nekton, by contrast, swim. Far less abundant than the plankton, they include most of the fishes and squids, the turtles and sea snakes, the penguins and of course the marine mammals, including the great whales.

Sailfish are the deepest-diving billfishes. They have large, sensitive eyes, behind each of which is a specially warmed muscle to keep everything working at depth. Of the turtles, most stay in shallow waters, but leatherbacks can go to 1300 metres (4265 feet) looking for jellyfish. Unlike the other turtles, leatherbacks have highly flexible shells that don’t fracture under pressure.

Author: XYuriTT

Abandoned

Title: Abandoned
Year: 2022
Director: Spencer Squire
Actors: Kate Arrington, Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Marie May, Michael Shannon, Addy Miller, Paul Dillon, Justin Matthew Smith, Paul Schneider, Christian Michael Pates, Paxton Pope, Graham Dean, Carter Matthews
Genre: Horror
Country: USA

Why in Database: Turtle element only in the form of a song “Happy Together” by the band The Turtles, main character plays this track from a vinyl record, after moving into a new home.

Author: XYuriTT

Out of Sight

Title: Out of Sight
Year: 1966
Director: Lennie Weinrib
Actors: Jonathan Daly, Karen Jensen, Robert Pine, Carolyne Barry, Wende Wagner, Maggie Thrett, Deanna Lund, Rena Horten, John Lawrence, Jimmy Murphy, Norman , Forrest Lewis, Deon Douglas, Bob Eubanks, Pamela Rodgers, Vicki Fee, Coby Denton, Billy Curtis
Genre:
Country:

Why in Database: Not only do the music of the band The Turtles appear in this film, they also appear in person, performing their song!

Author: XYuriTT