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Flexing in honor of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael

Flexing in honor of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael

SUBMITTED BY: Romeo Vasquez Flores   LOCATION: Costa Rica (2010)

It’s Tacky Tourist Doctrine that if you give tourists a goofy costume, they’ll put it on regardless of how ridiculous it may be.  Costa Rica’s InBioParque nature preserve gives kids and adults the opportunity to squeeze into Green Sea Turtle shells, a tribute to the magnificent creatures who nest at Tortuguero National Park.

Romeo notes that the shells are artificial and that no Green Sea Turtles were harmed for the benefit of a TTP photo-op.  The costume, however, is a tight squeeze:

The Turtle Girdle

The Turtle Girdle

The turtle shell costumes are chained down, just in case any rogue tourists try to sneak past the gates in disguise.  Romeo really immersed himself in the role, seeing what it felt like to retract his head in and out of the shell.

This pose can’t be great for your back or posture. Any chiropractors in the house?

(Romeo Vasquez Flores is a Costa Rican native who loves to act like a tourist in his own backyard.)

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