A Blond Turtle Shell Carapace

The Albino Shell of a Turtle Shell (Podocnemis Expansa)
19th Century
Size: 57cm high, 43cm wide – 22½ ins high, 17 ins wide
C.I.T.E.S documentation available
Turtles of various sorts have proved popular food for as long as anyone can remember. This flesh has been described as a cross between veal and lobster. Sailors once caught turtles and rejoiced in eating their meat at sea. In the 18th Century traders began to ship turtles live from the West Indies in seawater tanks to sell as fresh as possible when they sailed into the Port of London. Turtle feasts became all the rage. Cooked like veal and served in its decorative upper shell or made into a rich soup, a 65kg turtle would serve 25 people in style. For 200 years the Lord Mayor of London's annual banquet at Mansion House traditionally began with a turtle soup.

A Blond Turtle Shell Carapace

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