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Weird and wonderful turtles

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the odd green haired turtle. There’s a listener essay, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews and great music, so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

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This week’s quiz:On 21April, I asked you a question about the Zoological Society of London’s “Edge of Existence”  endangered species list.

The “Edge of Existence” list, as its name suggests, looks at the evolutionary trees of animals to determine which are most evolutionary distinctive – the ones on the “edge”, the rarest – and what I find rather sad – the “only”.

There was a weird and wonderful turtle from Australia on the list. They have what looks like a green mohawk on their heads – it’s actually algae, but it does look like hair. These turtles can breathe underwater using specialized glands in their reproductive organs. Yes, you read that right – its reproductive organs - which I suppose comes in really handy when you want to stay underwater for a long time, for this green haired turtle can do just that for up to 72 hours. 

You were to send in the name of this turtle.

The answer is:the Mary River turtle.  The Mary River turtle is the only species in its genus. It diverged from all other living species around 40 million years ago.

The winners are: Two RFI Listeners Club members: Kristopher Arens from Creswell, Oregon in the U-S and Samuel Francis from St Catherine in Jamaica. There’s Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Joseph Balikuddembe from Kampala, Uganda, and Tangeni Hahnherotha Onesmus from Windhoek, Namibia, who sent his answer via text to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. You can do that too, at + 33  6 31  12  96  82 (be sure you include your postal mailing address in your text).

Congratulations winners!

Here is the text for Njim Uddin's "My Ordinary Hero" essay on today's program.

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re” from the “Rabindra Sangeet” by Rabindranath Tagore, performed by Sraboni Sen.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 13 August to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 18 August program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:



Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then  33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one,your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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