That's a pine needle across his (or her) shell. See the tadpole?
Here's one of the tree tassels next to a quarter so you can see the size of the tiny hatchling!
After several rainy days, sunshine spilled over the pond today. A tiny ripple near the edge caught my eye.... a turtle hatchling! The first spotting of a pond baby this spring! Then I looked again.....the water was also FULL of tiny tadpoles! You can see one next to the turtle.
My new book, Pond Babies, will be out in June from Down East Books.