Woman shares strangely hilarious courtship ritual between turtles [Video]

strangely hilarious courtship ritual between turtles

  • Jamie Amalea Pappas was watching the wildlife in Pennsylvania’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge when she spotted something curious.
  • One turtle kept swimming backwards in front of another, seemingly luring her in, only to approach her and slap her once in a while.
  • It turns out that the strangely hilarious display of affection is a courtship ritual that shows off one’s athleticism!

Have you ever witnessed a mating ritual and found it confusing or downright hilarious? When one woman spotted two eastern painted turtles doing such a thing, she couldn’t help but find it funny.

Photo Credit: Jim, the Photographer (CC BY 2.0)

Jamie Amalea Pappas said she usually visited the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania to watch the wildlife.

One day, she was passing by a freshwater tidal marsh when she spotted two turtles exhibiting strangely curious behavior.

strangely hilarious courtship ritual between turtles
Photo Credit: Twitter/jamieamalea

One turtle kept swimming backwards in front of the other, seemingly luring her in, only to approach her every once in a while.

Whenever he approached, he would wave his forelimbs in front of the other’s face — and then slap her! Or at least, it definitely looked like he kept slapping her.

Jamie shared footage of the scene with the caption, “easily the funniest thing Iโ€™ve seen happen all year.”

She told The Dodo, โ€œI was fascinated. I thought it was very cute and silly!โ€

While she joked about it being “a vicious fight,” the seemingly hilarious display was actually a courtship ritual.

State biologist Garrett Whiteย told Philly Mag, โ€œThis video shows two eastern painted turtles in a courtship display. The male is the one doing the โ€˜slapping.’โ€

strangely hilarious courtship ritual between turtles
Photo Credit: Twitter/jamieamalea

It turns out that the male turtle was trying to show off his athleticism, his ability to maneuver in the water, and his nice claws.

Jamie said that such a seemingly annoying display of affection “wouldn’t work” on her, but she tries her best to keep a non-judgmental stance.

She doesn’t know whether the hilarious slapping display resulted in romance, after all, since the pair swam out of sight before she could find out.

Source: The Dodo


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