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My husband petting the buttery soft leathery skin of Biscuit, a very old giant Aldabra tortoise. Biscuit is estimated to be over 100-years-old and enjoys spending his days near the Picard Research Station on far flung Aldabra Atoll.

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean.

Canon 40D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/100, f/5.6, focal length 28mm, ISO 200.

March 14, 2008.

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Aren’t they the most amazing creatures? Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Hey, Brian…yes, these tortoises are indeed amazing. This fellow in particular, Biscuit was very comfortable with humans, making for some fun encounters. I wonder how old he’ll become in his long lifetime?

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    wonderful, that’s just the right spot for a scratch I can tell !

  • JennyDean, old Biscuit’s skin felt so good to the touch that I wonder who enjoyed the experience more, Mr. Biscuit or us humans.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Fotography by Felisa ~
    Fotography by ...over 5 years ago

    What a lucky couple you were. I envy your travels and hope I get to scratch an impressive chin like this one day also.

  • Thank you, 2BGood. My husband and I have always lived simply while putting our efforts into this disease we call travel. I hope you also get to scratch a tortoise’s neck! :-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 5 years ago

    very cool to have been able to see so close and touch as well. Are they really buttery soft??

  • Yes, jeffrae, the skin on the heads and necks of these tortoises reminds me of buttery soft kidskin gloves—-I’m old enough to remember when ladies wore them to church or special events and recall how supple they felt to the touch. Same thing with the tortoises’ skin.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 5 years ago

    The term “Roughnecks” had to be gotten from these majestic creatures for sure…lol

  • Franklin, oddly although the tortoise’s skin appears rough it’s actually very soft and supple. One wouldn’t think that but tortoises’ skin feels incredibly soft to the touch. Thanks for stopping by!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely incredible :))

  • They are indeed incredible, Caterpillar. Thank you for commenting.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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