Elusive pond turtles


Walking along Craggs trail by the creek in Malibu Creek State Park, I heard a distinctive "plunk" and saw large concentric waves radiating from the point where an animal had entered the still water. I went through a mental checklist of all the possibilities: frog, water bird, snake, turtle?
Waiting and watching, I was able to eliminate all options but one. The waves were much too large and the sound much too loud to be made by a small frog or an elegant snake enter...

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