Vietnam 2012

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An ancient shrine sits on a small island in the Lake of the Restored Sword in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to legend, Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a giant turtle rose from the lake and stole his magic sword. The turtle descended and the sword was never seen again. The rare creatures are still spotted occasionally in the lake, but are thought to be highly endangered. Nov. 12, 2012.
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