On Captiva Island, the residents are nutty about their sea turtles. The islanders keep outdoor lights to a minimum so turtles find way to the moonlit sea. In Michigan, we make political fodder about a turtle fence installed along US-31, eastern side, to keep those turtles from the Muskegon River flats from dying, flattened by a car any an one of three lanes. It's a bad game of frogger to allow a turtle on a roadway. By odd chance, I carried a painted turtle from west of Grand Haven Road to its east side, and the turtle peed in fear. My daughter on the east side of the state carried a turtle off her subdivision road and into a swamp. Where I hope the turtle stayed. I learned that the turtle gushed urine too. Hope she didn't allow urine to touch her hand.
Sunday, I saw the turtle smear, what was left of a painted turtle, pretty much where Saturday's turtle tried to cross. I wonder if it were that turtle returning to the western side. Or was it a turtle of similar size and age making the same crossing, finding an ugly fate?