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Trapped Terrapin
Madeline Renny 06
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This image displays a female northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin, captured in a crab trap in the salt marsh of southern New Jersey. This terrapin was captured for research purposes for the Terrapin Conservation Project at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey (this was also the research base for the field work for my thesis). However, each year thousands of terrapins drown from being caught in crab traps that do not have the proper excluder devices. The peaceful nature of the terrapin and the reflection of the sunlight on its shell contrast with the restraining bars of the crab trap.