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Nova Scotia’s Endangered Blanding’s Turtle (Underwater Video)

Nova Scotia Wildlife

On our most recent trip to Kejimkujik National Park, we rented a canoe and paddled up the Mersey River.

Mersey riving canoeing

And while we expected to see some painted turtles, we were surprised to spot both a snapping and a Blanding's turtle. The snapper was fast and dove down when we spotted him. But the Blanding's turtle wasn't afraid at all. (Maybe that's why they're endangered.)

The Blanding's population in Nova Scotia is considered endangered by the Federal Species at Risk Public Registry. In 2005 (the most recent survey) there were an estimated 210 to 245 adult Blanding's turtles remaining in the province.

Here's the footage we got – this little guy was pretty curious about my GoPro camera.

Blanding’s Turtle Underwater Video

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Watch on YouTube

To get this shot, we floated over to the shore and had the GoPro attached to my 48″ selfie stick (monopod).

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Your Turn

Have you seen a Blanding's Turtle in Nova Scotia? What did you see on your recent canoe/kayak trip?

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Bryan Haines

Bryan Haines is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is co-founder of EhListers (Nova Scotia travel blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for Canadian travel brands). Bryan is also an avid photographer. Check out ClickLikeThis, a GoPro tutorial blog he runs with his wife, Dena.

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