National Geographic : 1936 Feb
BAHAMA HOLIDAY 231 © Stanley Toogood A LOGGERHEAD TURTLE CAN SWIM BRISKLY ALONG WITH A BAHAMA BOY ON ITS BACK These creatures grow to such size that island boys, in play, often ride them in the turtle pens, where they are confined for fattening. Their eggs are laid in nests in the sand, where men hunt them for food. © Stanley Toogood BY THE "DIVING UP" METHOD BOYS DIVE, SEIZE A TURTLE, AND RIDE HIM TO THE SURFACE The trick is to grab the edge of the shell just back of the neck, and the danger is that, should the turtle suddenly pull his head in, he might squeeze the boy's hand so tight as to hold it fast, and, submerging, take his would-be captor with him. A loggerhead weighing 700 pounds has been recorded.