Diamondback Terrapin (female), photo/NOAA.

Diamondback Terrapin (female), photo/NOAA.

Fourteen tiny turtles got a grand sendoff and a leg up on very long survival odds Thursday [September 26] as they were left to fend for themselves by a Westport pond.

“Be safe little guy,” a woman said as she let one of the rare diamondback terrapins loose in beach grass next to Allens Pond.

Despite assurances from a turtle expert on hand that these creatures are driven by 300 million years of evolution to stay well hidden in the grass, this one’s first free moves were straight back out onto the beach.

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