If the head is removed or obliterated, this indicates that the treasure has been taken or removed. Look closely, if it looks like a recent removal, you might want to continue on. It is also possible that a recent treasure hunter is using this deception to keep you from continuing your search. They believe others will quit and they will be left alone in their quest. Keep this in mind when you have found this type of activity.
Some turtles may have markings on their back/shell. Each mark will represent 1 vara in distance. There may also be a directional pointer to show you which way to go.
In addition to the turtle s/s there are also turtle monuments. These monuments will also be found out in the field. These are very large rock/boulder structures. The overall shape and positioning of the head, legs and tail, are the same as the s/s.
The following photograph is one such turtle that led to the finding of an old gold mine. The head of the turtle is pointing up and to the left. The crowned peak on the top of the head had a notch, that aligned with the beak. When these two were aligned, they pointed you to an area about 150 feet uphill. There we found a large crevice that was filled with large boulders that were used to conceal the mine's entrance.
Look closely, on the top right side of the center boulder, that makes up the back/shell, there is a carved shape of a heart. Telling us that this turtle will lead us to gold.
Do not destroy signs/symbols or any monument. They are artifacts and need to be kept as they are. So others may observe, follow and appreciate these wonderful works of art.
More to come.
"Be Safe Out There"