The International Business Times
reports that a "fake image" purporting to show the "world's largest tortoise" being transported on a flatbed truck has recently been circulating online
I think it's been circulating for at least half a year, but it's not correct to call it a fake image. It's a still
from Gamera The Brave
(a 2006 Japanese monster movie) that has been falsely captioned. Here's another picture of the "world's largest tortoise" in action:
The question that popped into my head is whether the creature in the image is a tortoise or a turtle. The distinction between the two has always been a bit hazy in my mind.
According to diffen.com
, tortoises live on land while turtles live in the water. But wikipedia
notes that in North America it's common to use 'turtle' as a generic term for all reptiles of the chelonian order (i.e. turtles and tortoises get lumped together).
Gamera is commonly referred to as both a turtle and a tortoise. But since he walks on his back legs, flies, and breathes fire, it doesn't really seem important to get fussy about what kind of reptile he's classified as.