First Cape Cod Terrapin of 2011

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Unmarked Mature Female Diamondback Terrapin

Sue Wieber Nourse emailed this snapshot of the first active Cape Cod diamondback terrapin of 2011 that she captured this afternoon in the Run.  The Run is the inlet between Lieutenant Island on the north and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on the south.  This female terrapin, which Sue captured with a long poled net while wading in the receding tide, was unmarked and therefore had not been previously seen in our 32 year longitudinal study of diamondback terrapins in Wellfleet Bay on Outer Cape Cod.

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