Turtle Known for Punk Appearance Listed as Endangered
Australian John Cann, a Sydney-based turtle enthusiast, found the Mary River Turtle in a discovery that led to the Mary River Turtle being classified as a new species.
Found in just one waterway in a remote part of Australia's east coast, the turtle - with its green-algae Mohican and ability to breathe through its genitals - is one of the world's most distinct reptiles. It is also now officially one of the most endangered.
Known affectionately as the "punk turtle", the Mary River Turtle was this week ranked number 29 by the Zoological Society of London on its Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered list, triggering widespread calls to better protect the Australian reptile.
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