Green sea turtle

    Date
    1731
    Creator
    Mark Catesby (1683 - 1749, British) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    18894
    Material
    Technique
    Subject
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > turtle
    Description
    Zoological study of a green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, referred to here as Testudo marina viridis, shown in left profile with an unidentified species of seaweed.

    Inscribed below: 'Testudo &c'

    Written in the associated description: 'There are great Plenty of this Kind of Turtle amongst the Bahama-Islands, yet none breed there, they come from Cuba and the Continent'.

    Plate 38 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

    Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > North America
          > United States
    <The World>
       > North America
          > Bahamas
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18784
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