Saturday, February 21, 2015

Giant Galapagos Tortoise "Harriet" 3-D

Giant Galapagos Tortoise "Harriet" (ca. 1830 - 2006)
Galapagos-Riesenschidkrote (German)
Tortuga de las Galapagos (Spanish)
Tortue geante des Galapagos (French)

Photo: Gary Bell

This 3D postcard was made in Germany and bought in 2015.

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Harriet (c. 1830 – June 23, 2006) was a Gal├ípagos tortoise who had an estimated age of 175 years at the time of her death in Australia. Harriet is the third oldest tortoise, behind Tu'i Malila, who died in 1965 at the age of 188, and Adwaita, who died in 2006 at the estimated age of 255.

She was reportedly collected by Charles Darwin during his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands as part of his round-the-world survey expedition, transported to England, and then brought to her final home, Australia, by a retiring captain of the Beagle. However, some doubt was cast on this story by the fact that Darwin had never visited the island that Harriet originally came from.

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