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September 2, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Not on the menu.

A quiet conversation.

A bit awkward. How to explain. You could have been lunch – or I – if positions were exchanged.

Two eyes. Four limbs. Motivated swimmer.

Oh, nothing alike. You watery there. Me, here in the air.

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Hey, almost didn’t see you there. You today’s entertainment?©

How at home you look, but that’s probably true anywhere with you.

No. Not a flip remark.

Trendy admiration of the tiny house heart.

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Come on. I’ll introduce you around the neighborhood. Try to keep up.©

Sleekly sliding through traffic. Afoot it’s hard to keep pace.

Wanna corral some coral?

Oh, splash. School crossing.

School of fish in the water at Boston aquarium. NO permissions granted. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted

Obviously a one-way water way. Mind the crossing guard.©

Deep sea, see?

Blue. Blue. More fun being sea turtle me than you.

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Wait. There’s snacks coming. Healthy? Naturally. ©

Jewels in a box. Safely treasured from pirates, rudders, and stoves.

How considerate there’s a constantly changing view with new creatures herded by every hour of every day as scenery.

Such a variety of the pale vertical beasts. The small ones seem quite excitable.

Somehow they’ve been trained to come close enough to be entertaining.

Glass between. Each gazing. Considering dreams.

Time flows on in water and air.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Myrtle, the Green Sea Turtle, invites you to see her video. She’s about 80 years old, but that’ s still middle age for her. And her trim figure of 500 lbs. comes from a healthy diet of squids, cabbage, lettuce, and brussels sprouts. (See some one loves them!)

You can read more about her Boston home here.

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Hurrying off to a beauty by the see pageant.©





  1. shoreacres / Sep 2 2015 12:54 pm

    Yep — you got a laugh with that one! She can have my serving of those sprouts — happy to help out!
    Now, I’m off to follow the links, before I figure out whether water will keep me out of the air today.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 1:51 pm

      Where did she get a hankerin’ for those? Do they look like tiny sea cabbages maybe? Or maybe she had a whole different secret life on land – like the story of the Little Mermaid.
      Just back from 2nd dog walk – large wall of black looming between us and Galveston. That little low seems happy just sitting out there spinning rain in as far as the lake or so. (Hey, the Peruvian place closed. We’ll have to try the Italian coffee/pastry/food newcomer there now.) Stay dry. (Miss Dixie is smirking, right?) Thanks for swimming along


    • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:44 am

      Grilled sprouts with bacon? No?


  2. sportsattitudes / Sep 2 2015 1:05 pm

    Let’s hope we can maintain our blue marble of a planet well enough that those sea turtles always have nothing but blue to swim through. As hot as it has been the last month or so I would exchange places with that turtle for awhile. The traffic down there also looks a lot more friendly than the traffic I am finding on land!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 1:46 pm

      Between the simmering tropical heat (with spontaneous flooding just for added fun) and the gridlock traffic…everyone must be back from vacation. Noticed drive time into town from our old house was over and 1 1/2 hrs this morning. No way to live.
      Nothing like an aquarium visit for calming down. Boston’s small, but such a jewel box. Thanks for diving in with a comment

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      • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:43 am

        Yes, I live just south of Boston in the university town of Bridgewater. When I left for vacation, the town was moving at the leisurely summer pace. Upon my return, the five-minute trips are now twenty, and the lines at the convenience stores have lengthened accordingly. Good thing that, being a mentor of teens and young adults, I like the crowd.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Sep 2 2015 1:13 pm

    I can’t help wondering how she got a hankering for brussel sprouts. It’s not like they grow near the water. Perhaps she takes a bus to Whole Foods. Organic I’m sure.

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  4. easyweimaraner / Sep 2 2015 1:48 pm

    Myrtle you are awesome…I bet Hell-mut will fall in love immediately :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2015 2:00 am

      She’s a splashy gal – who could resist? Paw waves…gentle ones for your Dad and wild birthday ones for you!


  5. Paul / Sep 2 2015 2:27 pm

    Ummm, when were you in Boston Phil? I was actually in that aquarium years ago and the huge central tank was mind boggling. Beautiful. If you are driving up the east coast, Atlanta has the largest aquarium on the east coast. Makes Boston look like a toy – but I too really like the Boston facility – it feels very personal. I hope your turtle gets to live her whole life out to old age – and she can have all my broccoli. 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 3:15 pm

      Lived a while near there as a kid. Some old family history around the city, so had to check on that early summer as well as see what’s going on these days. (Had family in Atlanta for a bit, too. Fun place) Monterrey Bay, CA is totally magical for sea creatures. Never enough time there. Boston’s is cozy – especially if you manage between groups of school field trips and tourist buses. Really liked the sea lion/seal racing in the wrap around tanks that go all the way out by the outdoor ticket area. Room to zoom and exercise is good. Thanks for sending a splashy comment

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      • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:41 am

        You’re still here?


  6. Ally Bean / Sep 2 2015 2:54 pm

    Myrtle’s diet is probably one that would do me good. Seafood with lots of fibrous greens. Perhaps it’ll be the next big dieting craze. I mean, why not?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 3:19 pm

      Nooo. No seaweed…I keep hearing whispers and smidgeons on fancy menus. It’s just all those images of smelly clumps around our ankles at the beach. Besides it would be really rude to filch food from the ocean inhabitants, wouldn’t it? I’ll go with that. Thanks for swimming over with a munchy remark

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      • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:40 am

        You may be eating it anyway, since much soft-serve ice cream includes kelp.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2015 1:50 am

          Who eats that? Actually A&M ran down and scooped up a bunch of that seaweed batch that swamped in summer before this…part of the research was for food potential. Powder is preferable to stingy….

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Sep 2 2015 4:18 pm

    Turtles are fascinating creatures, and aquariums are always fun to visit. But I avoid the water snakes and eels. They’re creepy…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 5:03 pm

      You noticed there weren’t any pictures of sea serpents….(Besides the kids’ heads were all in the way) Thanks for sending a splashy comment

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    • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:38 am

      They’re just doing what they do, Carrie. They have no intent of being creepy. Give them a second chance. I’ve made many a friend in life from having looked a little more closely at the seemingly sketchy lot.

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Sep 2 2015 6:06 pm

    Myrtle is lovely!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 7:07 pm

      She was such a charmer and fine hostess. How nice to be allowed into her presence..and being part of the daily entertainment. Thanks for floating by to chat

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  9. Spinster / Sep 2 2015 7:55 pm

    Wow. 🙂

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  10. EllaDee / Sep 2 2015 8:20 pm

    Myrtle the turtle… love it 🙂 No turtle on my menu not even mock. I’m with Myrtle, I rather a nice bowl of brussels sprouts… and some barbequed squid. Amazing pics 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2015 9:25 pm

      What else could you name a turtle? Was really surprised any of the pictures came out…the fish simply refused to hold still. Thanks for paddling a comment over

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      • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:35 am

        Why, Yertle, of course.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2015 1:39 am

          I thought it had a “ur” Yurtle? Maybe a regional dialect HA HA. Maybe that name was taken by the other one – a Ridley Sea Turtle?


    • Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:34 am

      YUM. I love brussels sprouts!


  11. The Hook / Sep 2 2015 8:34 pm

    On this blog, insight and brilliance are always on the menu.

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  12. Erik / Sep 3 2015 1:45 am

    A video of Myrtle eating her sprouts:


  13. Littlesundog / Sep 4 2015 2:06 am

    I recently visited the Oklahoma Aquarium at Jenks, OK and saw a 120 year-old alligator snapping turtle swimming about in its own huge tank. What a beauty it was! It was ginormous!! There is something intriguing about turtles of all kind. I was lucky this spring to see so many varied species on our ten acres. Fascinating creatures!

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    • Erik / Sep 4 2015 3:03 am

      Very cool!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 4 2015 2:19 pm

      Those turtles get huge. Turtles have those inquisitive eyes – and always seem so determined. Always afraid we’ll get rear ended stopping to assist one in the road…gotta watch out as some really don’t want help HA HA Thanks for halting for some turtle talk. (and must go see that one in OK)

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  14. Kourtney Heintz / Sep 6 2015 11:34 pm

    What beautiful creatures. How cool that 80 is middle age. Nice for her. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2015 2:33 pm

      Maybe swimming exercise really is the secret to a long life? Hope you are getting some rest – what a busy month you’ve had with your book! Cool! Thanks for floating a comment this way


  15. marthaschaefer / Sep 7 2015 6:47 pm

    A lovely tribute and an interesting perspective as always! Thank you Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2015 7:21 pm

      The sea turtles are so curious. There was a special about an even bigger Leatherback sea turtle that was in distress, nursed back to health, and was finally taken out to sea by Coast Guard boat and returned to the Gulf Stream. Took 15-16 men to carry the transport stretcher. Huge turtle. Thought it was really nice the way he stopped when released and came up and turned his head towards his rescuers. Seemed to be grateful. Then he was off. You have to feel the same way about sea turtles and boats as you do about cars and possums. Thanks for splashing down here

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