Can I confess to you that I had not noticed the hexagonal patterns on the backs of turtles until recently?
What’s wrong with that, you ask? Why would you worry about your lack of observation skills?
Well, firstly, I have worked in a few natural history institutions. Secondly, I was, at one point, a volunteer at a zoo where I had to scrub the backs of giant sea turtles to help them stay clean, and thirdly, and this I cannot believe, I tuck my son in every night while he clutches a very realistic stuffed toy turtle. Yep, great observation skills. Anyway, check out the hexagons on turtles’ backs next time you get the chance…