Giant turtle

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Giant turtles[1] (also known as giant sea turtles,[1][2] great sea turtles,[3] and sea turtles[4]) are notably larger than average species of turtles. Giant turtles can be found both in the southern and northern seas of Azeroth, as respectively indicated by those used as submarines in the Second War and those used currently as boats by the tuskarr.

Some giant turtles were apparently fleeing the then-corrupt Teldrassil,[4] only to die when they beached themselves in Darkshore. Others used to frolic around Nordrassil before it was sacrificed in the Third War.[5]

As submarines

Second War

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Main article: Giant Turtle (Warcraft II)

These giant sea turtles were native to the southern seas and were captured by the Stormreaver clan. Pacified by potent spells of control, these lumbering monstrosities were fitted with watertight canopies strapped onto the backs of their shells and were used as submersible orcish craft. By submerging under the waves, the giant turtles could steal upon unsuspecting enemy craft and report their position to the Horde fleet as they were visible solely to towers, creatures of the air, and other submersible vessels. The daring goblins who controlled them were dedicated to destroying enemy ships by launching hazardous, steam-driven canisters containing highly volatile liquids that could shred even the strongest of armor.[1]

These goblins were members of the Steamwheedle Cartel.[6]

In the RPG

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The giant turtle battle sub, one of the most notorious weapons of the Second War, is really not a vehicle at all. It is a harness and cockpit that fits atop a live giant turtle (with an attached mental control rig). From within the pressurized compartment, the pilot issues commands to the creature as though it were a mount. The battle sub also includes a short-ranged cannon or rocket launcher capable of damaging ships, but only if the giant turtle surfaces.

In the Second War, the Stormreaver clan captured giant turtles for this purpose and pacified them with powerful spells of control. Since that time, goblins have bred giant turtles to be calmer and more docile. These turtles, which the goblins use for their subs, are tamed and do not require magical control.[7]

World of Warcraft

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Gwennyth Bly'Leggonde used to give background on giant turtles if their beached remains were brought to her. She stated that the naga used them as transportation as well, as some beached turtles were found with carriages on their backs. The naga carriages were used both in battle and in transportation of their supplies on to land. The naga did not treat their mounts well, and often let them get killed.

As transport ships

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Giant turtles are used as a transportation system among zones in Northrend as tuskarr turtle boats. They lead the turtles by use of carrots on a fishing line.

Shen-zin Su

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The Wandering Isle is a massive island on the back of a giant turtle, known to the pandaren as Shen-zin Su, and inhabited by curious pandaren who left their homeland of Pandaria centuries after the Great Sundering[8] in order to discover the other lands and races of Azeroth; the Isle has been drifting on the ocean ever since.

Notable giant turtles