Photo by Chris Van Wyk

I know what you're just thinking..... this turtle is a Punk-Rock star!!!
The australian amateur photographer Chris Van Wyk was snorkeling in the Mary River, a river system in South East Queensland, Australia, when met this beauty and didn't lose the cance to take some amazing shots.
Some weeds have grown on the head of this Mary River Turtle creating the illusion of a green crest that could make even a Sex Pistols really envious...
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Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Photo by Chris Van Wyk

Now, maybe, you're wondering why I've added the second part of the title.
Well, Mary River Turtle Elusor macrurus is an endangered species, and, as you may guess from its name, it inhabits just the Mary River. The problem is that the Queensland Government announced on April 27, 2006 its intention to dam the Mary River, a project that could have dreadful consequencies on the survival of three endangered species, Mary River Turtle, the Queensland_Lungfish and the Mary River Cod, which have in that area their only remaining habitat. To get more info about this issue visit SAVETHEMARYRIVER


35 Response to 'When a turtle goes punk... (and men are still idiots)'

  1. Anonymous'> September 21, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Wow! I can't believe that turtle is for real... The resemblance with one of those punkie junkie is even stronger due to those sort of "piercings" it has under the face!
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  2. Ojas'> February 12, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    Lol! What a beautiful artistic piece from mother nature! She does seem to have a great sense of humor! :)


  3. Guido Trombetta'> February 12, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Yes.. sometimes it really seems to have it


  4. viv'> March 9, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    the cooles turtle on earth ;)


  5. Harold Fowler'> April 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Whoah! A real life teenage mutant ninja turtle! WOW!


  6. StewartAdams'> April 22, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    "Pizza dude's got 30 seconds..."


  7. Anonymous'> April 24, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    nice hear!


  8. Monado'> May 10, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    OMG, those are delightfully freaky! You *know* they're going to end up on I Can Has Cheezburger as LOLs.

    Thanks for mentioning the Mary River lungfish. I've been wondering how they were doing.


  9. MariBio'> October 19, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Wow! it's wonderful! Baeutiful photos!


  10. Hiroki'> November 16, 2009 at 6:50 AM

    What great shots!
    I am writing article about turtles to Japanese reptile hobbyist magazine. And I wish to use your great shots for the next year issue featuring Mary River Turtle!
    If I use them, I will of course credit you as a photographer.

    May I use your photo on the publication?

    You can PM me:

    Best regards,



  11. Guido Trombetta'> November 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Dear Hiroki,
    I'm not the author of these pictures!
    You have to contact Chris Van Wyk. You can find his mail in his website:


  12. Anonymous'> February 13, 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Seriously great photography! Very beautiful and interesting at the same time.


  13. Noelia Pérez'> September 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    It is certain that it marked trend .... hahaha, funny thing is that he does to blend with the environment, then I wonder, what is the purpose of the people to imitate him? Hahaha, I'm just kidding but that is curious. It is a pity that the government of his country wants build a dam on the river in which they live, rather than investing money in protecting and know more about it.Greetings.


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    Really its exlent photography.


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