How this turtle shows her back to defend herself from the shark
The shell is their back, it grows with them. Rnning down the center of the shell is the turtle’s spine and just as the bones in your spine grew taller as you did, the shell of the turtle grows longer as it does
[Like this.](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Wye_Marsh_Midland_painted_turtle_shedding_scutes.jpg) As you can see, the shell is not one solid piece and some of the plates on the shell, called scutes, are peeling. Old scutes become loose and fall off as newer, larger ones grow underneath.
A rare albino newborn sea turtle.