Feb 25, 2021

Jonathan the Tortoise


Say hello to Jonathan, he was born in 1832 and is 189 years old. 

Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise, a subspecies of the Aldabra giant tortoise, and the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world. Jonathan resides on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. 

Marie Buti shared on our Google Email List.


And a fine looking tortoise he is, Marie. Does not look a day over 170. Thanks for sharing. I posted it to our blog, empehi.blogspot.com

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Marie, I was at Ascension Island two years ago.  It is a sister island to St. Helena, even smaller and more remote. No tortoises but we saw giant sea turtles laying their eggs. Photos at:


Cute lil guy.  Saw a few in the 100kg a few years ago at the Darwin station in the Galapagos.  No pics - I was trying to avoid an overly friendly seal.

Cap Al Schaefer

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