Seas Thick With Turtles, Christopher Columbus

1492Coasting among the islands of the Jardin de la Reina in southern Cuba

“In those twenty leagues . . . the seas was thick with turtles . . . so numerous that it seemed the ships would run aground on them and were as if bathing in them.”

— Christopher Columbus

Safina, Carl. Voyage of the Turtle: in Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur. New York: Holt, 2006. 188

The Mighty Orinoco, George Roux, Venezuela, 1898.