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Turtles are reptiles characterized by a shell developed mainly from their ribs. The shell consists of two parts: the domed carapace on the back, and the flatter plastron on the belly. There are 360 living and recently extinct turtle species, including land-dwelling tortoises and freshwater terrapins. They are found on most continents, some islands and, in the case of sea turtles, much of the ocean. Their closest living relatives are crocodilians and birds. Turtles are ectotherms or "cold-blooded", meaning that their internal temperature varies with their direct environment. They are generally opportunistic omnivores and mainly feed with limited movements. Turtles lay their eggs on land; sea turtles migrate long distances to lay their eggs on a favored beach. Turtles have appeared in myths and folktales. Some species are widely kept as pets. Turtles have been hunted for their meat and shells, and for use in traditional medicine. Many species are threatened due to habitat destruction. (Full article...)
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Jimi Hendrix, an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, appeared in several commercially released films of concerts and documentaries about his career, including two popular 1960s music festival films – Monterey Pop (1968) and Woodstock (1970). A short documentary, Experience (1968), also known as See My Music Talking, was also screened. At the time of his death, two concert films were in development. Jimi Plays Berkeley (1971) was the first film featuring Hendrix to be issued posthumously. A second, tentatively titled The Last Experience, was a film of the last British concert of Hendrix's band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience (pictured). However, legal difficulties have prevented its release. Over the years, many concert films and documentaries have been released. (Full list...)
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The eastern spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia in forests, woodland and gardens. It is around 6 in (15 cm) long and has a distinctive black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye and a long downcurved bill. It supplements its diet of nectar with small insects and other invertebrates. This male spinebill was photographed at the Mogo Campground, New South Wales.
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