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The Dissection of The Turtle

ATTENTION!  Maybe this article contains shocking images X(

....I'm George, again.
Moeri, Tomo-chan and I visited the practical room as part of our studies today, August 2. In this room, snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) were dissected for research.

They were caught by Chiba Pref. because snapping turtles are alien species (and alien predators). This turtle has a strong jaw so they are very dangerous to us. 

The reason why that turtles were dissected is because we wanted to know their foods, shell size, sex and age.

Then, fortunately, I was allowed to experience dissection.

After drawing the digestive tract from her belly, researchers will examine stomach contents.

We can know her age from her femur.

I have a lot of pictures of this dissection, but  they are secret. Because....maybe they are so dangerous for YOU!
Then, I'd like to finish my report about this dissection.
Bye :D
(Thank you for checking my English, Michelle!)

The Examination of Lake Inba

Hi, I'm George.  It's too hot lately :-(

We went to the lake Inba for research July 30.

The water surface was covered by water caltrops/water chestnuts
( Trapa natans L.) so it was hard for Ota-san to move fishing boat.

When we were moving by ship, we looked at the interesting thing.
It was the HARVESTER, machine for cutting aquatic plants.

We're going to go to the lake next time, August 27.