In the Amazon, it’s not uncommon to see groups of colorful butterflies fluttering around turtles basking along the river. This is because they drink the turtles’ tears—an invaluable source of salt for the herbivorous butterflies.
This is so cool
but why are the turtles crying
Probably because they have butterfly proboscises in their eyes. It’s a vicious cycle.
butterflies are so fucking metal
but for real maybe the turtles are actually the whiny manchildren of the animal kingdom and the butterflies are misandrists drinking their man tears. I bet that’s what’s truly happening here.
Marine reptiles expel excess sodium through their tear ducts since their kidneys aren’t as efficient as ours.
(Source: spoopylittlekiwifrog, via forest--taurus)