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strange encounters

These are strange sightings that readers have reported. I could
not explain them:

"My husband takes his daily 3 ml walk along a creek.  He spotted a turtle in 
late summer with a pink shell in the creek.  Now the shell is purple he 
cannot get close enough for me to give you any other markings.
What kind of turtle do you think this is?"

" have been searching tutle sites and asking for an answer for several
days then came across your site and thought you might could answer my
question. a week ago a friend of mine in wilmington,nc  came across a
dark turtle in a semi dry area  and had a thin coating of mud on him.
upon closer examination the turtle hissed and jumped quite a distance. i
have never heard of anything like this in my life. my friend is not the
type of person who would make this up. what could it be. any info you
might have would be greatly apprecited."
   
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