This guy is over a hundred years old, and 1000 pounds. That alone is amazing to me. The only thing I found more impressive about seeing one of these tortugas was seeing a whole pack of them--so while they've mastered the shelter in place concept, they still have some work to do on social distancing. Anyway . . . did you know that these giant tortoises exist in only two places on the planet? The Aldabra Atoll and Fregate Island in the Seychelles, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. As a creature, I found them to be very gracious and welcoming, if aloof. Of course, like with any animal, you don't want to get in the way during meal time. And they aren't much into conversation. Just saying. In my mind, they embody patience and determination--stick to the plan, stay true to your nature, and everything will, albeit eventually, come your way.
Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, May 2010