The turtle, unlike the tortoise, resides in bodies of water: be it a lake, a river or out in the open oceans; much like the Goddess Saraswati. The turtle is one of the oldest creatures on the planet and thus it is one of the youngest creatures to have ever been created. While the modern symbol for the zodiac of Cancer is a crab; in ancient Babylonia, it was also represented by a snapping turtle.

People who feel a strong connection to the sea turtle tend to be fascinated by history, mythology and archeology. Turtles possess strong survival skills due to ancestral memory and can tap into it to protect and provide for both themselves as well as others. While the sea turtle is a generally a gentle giant, it can be forceful if it is under attack.

If they feel threatened or vulnerable, they know how to take care of themselves and defend themselves from the source of the attack. When a turtle senses danger, it may flee or withdraw into its shell. If a predator continues to persist, a turtle may indeed bite or discharge from its cloaca. Several species are known to produce foul-smelling chemicals to shoo away a predator. Other tactics include threat displays and playing dead. When attacked, some species even squeal in order to startle the predator.

The turtle has what can be described as an aged appearance. It can come across as thick-skinned and cold-hearted, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Underneath that hard exterior and shell of self-protection, the sea turtle is a soft and gentle being that is highly sensitive, deeply emotional and exceptionally intuitive.

Turtles are born travellers. From the moment they emerge from beneath the sands of their mother’s home, they rush back to the ocean to begin their travels once more. Regardless of where they go or how far they wander, they remember and stay true to their home and their heritage; which is of great importance to them.

Turtles are the only reptiles that migrate long distances. Some can travel up to thousands of kilometres. Turtles usually nest in a specific beach area and leave the eggs to hatch unattended. The young turtles then leave that area, migrating long distances in the years through which they grow into maturity.

They then return to the same area every few years to mate and lay eggs. This natal homing instinct helms from both genetics as well as the orientation of the earth’s magnetic field at the natal beach.

The sea turtle is a traveller. It carries its home on its back. This is not only a place, but many places and many journeys that have made it what it is through the annals and passageway of time. Despite the fact that the turtle travels alone without a companion, it is self-reliant and able to protect itself.

The world is well and truly its oyster.

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