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Flickr photo of the day: Of time and the tortoise

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One of the longest-lived and heaviest reptiles on Earth – some weighing almost 600 pounds – the Galápagos Tortoise is a study in slow motion, walking at a leisurely 0.18 miles per hour (humans walk 3.3 miles per hour). One individual is said to have lived over 150 years in peaceful captivity.

How slowly the world must turn for these gentle giants. Some have been known to survive for a year without food or water (a sad thought, indeed). Wesley Rosenblum photographed this fine specimen happily munching grass on the island of Santa Cruz, in the Galápagos.

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