Mystery Bones of Infant Island ("Skeleturtle")

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Mystery Bones of Infant Island
Skeleturtle in Mothra vs. Godzilla
Alternate names Skeleturtle, Kame no Gaikotsu,
Infant Island's Kai Kotsu
Species Turtle
Created by Eiji Tsuburaya, Shinichi Sekizawa
Portrayed by Puppet
First appearance Mothra vs. Godzilla

The Mystery Bones of Infant Island (インファント島の怪骨,   Infanto-tō no Kaikotsu) is a turtle kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1964 Godzilla film, Mothra vs. Godzilla.

Name

"Mystery Bones of Infant Island" is a translation of the official Japanese name for the creature given on an officially licensed 2012 ornament of it produced by Cast.[1][2] Cast later released an ornament for the skeletons lying around Skeleturtle in Mothra vs. Godzilla, which referred to them as the "Other Mystery Bones of Infant Island" (インファント島の別の怪骨,   Infanto-tō no Betsu no Kaikotsu). Officially licensed t-shirts featuring Skeleturtle that were sold in Japan refer to the creature in English as Infant Island's Kai Kotsu. "Skeleturtle" is a fanmade nickname, created by Chris Mirjahangir of Toho Kingdom,[3] before the official name was known. Another unofficial fan nickname for the creature, "Kame no Gaikotsu" (亀の骸骨,   Kame no Gaikotsu, lit. Turtle Skeleton), was coined by Miles Imhoff, also from Toho Kingdom.[3]

Design

Skeleturtle is purely white and gray, with black eyes, and a bland, pale shell with no visible scutes. It has a fairly long neck, and very short limbs, which have tiny bone fragments visible. Upon first glance, the creature could be easily mistaken for a skeleton, but upon closer examination it can be seen moving its head and blinking, demonstrating that it is a living creature.

Origins

Within the context of Mothra vs. Godzilla, Skeleturtle's direct origins are unknown. It is possible that it was a species of turtle affected by the atomic radiation contaminating Infant Island.

History

Showa Series

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Skeleturtle made a very short appearance on Mothra vs. Godzilla, lasting only about 38 seconds on screen and in the background. It was found on Infant Island, which had a lot of radiation and lifeless skeletons lying around. None of the characters ever directly interact with or notice it.

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Skeleturtle can be seen on Infant Island running from the battle between Mothra and Battra in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #19.


Gallery

Main article: Skeleturtle/Gallery.

Trivia

A turtle skeleton in Mondo cane, potentially the inspiration behind Skeleturtle
  • Skeleturtle's inclusion in Mothra vs. Godzilla may be a reference to a popular 1962 Italian documentary entitled Mondo Cane (It's a Dog's World). The film contains a large number of documented atrocities to nature and animals, including turtles on the radiation-contaminated Bikini Atoll beaches, many of which were dead or dying from the continued fallout from nuclear tests. The dried bones of the turtles move in the wind, which is reflected in Skeleturtle's movement in the film.
  • Skeleturtle appears in the officially-licensed Godzilla book Shinji Nishikawa: Drawing Book of Godzilla, in little sketches made by Shinji Nishikawa on the inner back cover and the last page of the book.[5]


Videos

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Skeleturtle

References

This is a list of references for Skeleturtle. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

Comments

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SkullIslandExplorer

2 days ago
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Why are we so immature in this page’s comment section? XD
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

one day 22 hours 47 minutes ago
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Idk
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

3 days ago
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Why is our Lord and savior Skelleturtle not on the front page
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SkullIslandExplorer

10 days ago
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Welcome to the Brothas: THE SONS OF SKELETURTLE!! BROTHAS!!!
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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Now imagine if our Lord and savior, Skelleturtle T-posed
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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He is sans
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SkullIslandExplorer

15 days ago
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Spooky Scary Skeletons send shivers down your spine


Shrieking Skulls will shock your soul


Seal your doom tonight.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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Lol
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

16 days ago
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Skelleturtle:king of the monsters
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SkullIslandExplorer

16 days ago
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@KING GHIDORAH 1954: *BILLY MAYS voice* Wrong! BLAKE BELLADONNA IS THE QUEEN OF THE MONSTERS!
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The King of the Monsters

16 days ago
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Will you please stop commenting "X IS THE QUEEN OF THE MONSTERS!" every time someone says something about "king of the monsters?" It's gotten really old.
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SkullIslandExplorer

16 days ago
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@The King of the Monsters: *Ichigo Kurosaki voice* Fine, GODZILLA IS THE KING OF THE MONSTERS. There, I said it right, happy? I won’t do it again. 👍 XD ✌️
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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Godzilla is a ant to our Lord and savior and our God, his highness the one the only ...Skelleturtle!
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HailDestoroyah

17 days ago
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Who agrees this is the only creature created by the gods with the most perfect ideal body of a living being?
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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I agreed
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Lachlanowers

one month ago
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Long live the true king of the monsters our lord and our God Long live Skeleturtle.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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Hail to the king
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Skylla

one month ago
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Skeleturtle is most likely supposed to be a dead body but a trick of the eye makes it look like it’s blinking makeing the cutest monster ever
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Shogunguirus

2 months ago
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Um... is it just me who thinks that Skeleturtle deserves his own spin-off?
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5146 Adam

2 months ago
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Why is everyone saying skeleturtle is the best? He's cute, but useless.
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Green Blob Thing

2 months ago
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No, he's one of the best kaiju ever made. He's not useless.
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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Agreed
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5146 Adam

2 months ago
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Ok Green Blob Thing. Explain how he's the best.
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Green Blob Thing

one month ago
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Because the unfunny joke the fan community makes about him purports him to be a god, and thus if he's a god, he must factually be the best.
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SkullIslandExplorer

16 days ago
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Ultra Instinct Skeleturtle. XD
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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Any Skelleturtle have mercy on your soul
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Gojifan2003

2 months ago
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Skeleton + Turtle = Skeleturtle!
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Conder99

3 months ago
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Fuck shaggy, Skelaturtle would beat his ass even at his full might!
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VaderRaptor

3 months ago
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Please don’t curse for no reason.
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Les

3 months ago
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Wikizilla is not censored. He can say whatever he wants within reason, so long as it is not to attack another person or group.
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VaderRaptor

3 months ago
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Sorry. I don’t think I saw that part when I was reading the rules.
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MosuFan2004

2 months ago
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_A comment of mine was once deleted because it had the poop word in it_
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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Hmmm.
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Gorosaurus Fan

3 months ago
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When I see Skeleturtle I think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song for some reason
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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When I see Skelleturtle i think of megalovaina
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Hyperdragondx

4 months ago
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turtle wurtle murtle burtle nurtle gurtle TURTLE! its sooooooooooooooooo cute!
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ItsDestoroyah

13 months ago
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Our lord and savior has come.
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Pedro

18 months ago
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Why you guys love him so much? It's just a Skeleton Turtle.(Just asking)
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Green Blob Thing

18 months ago
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Because he's the best character in existence, of course!
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Keizer Zilla

4 months ago
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With just 1% of his power he can blow up 1 quarter if the multiverse!
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Ryan G17

20 months ago
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there are 3 important beings in life the one who created it: God* the one who gave his life for yours: Jesus* and the one who protects it: skeleturtle

  • or whatever religious figure you believe in
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MosuFan2004

21 months ago
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This comment section is broken. It's like a half of it's size before.
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SkullIsland

24 months ago
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Skeleturtle vs Redman! Who wins?
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KeizerGhidorah

25 months ago
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This monster is bad to the BONE.

(ba-dum-tss)
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GojiraLordOfKaiju

26 months ago
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All hail our lord and saviour skeleturtle. May he smite all evil doers including soulturtle the evil opposite of lord mystery bones
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BigRandomKaiju

27 months ago
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He shall pierce the dark side of this fandom and reunite every fan
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Les

27 months ago
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I await the day Greenman vs. Skeleturtle airs, where we finally see our one true savior Skeleturtle defeat the monster bullier once and for all.
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Koopa

27 months ago
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Our lord and saviour, Skeleturtle! He shall come down from the heavens one day and take us with him to a land beyond understanding.

In all seriousness, I quite like this little guy, even if he only appeared for a few short seconds. It's a shame Toho hasn't brought him back on-screen since his first appearance.
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Kaiju4EVER

28 months ago
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This kaiju is overrated. Look, I like it, but it's not my favorite monster in the franchise.
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Green Blob Thing

28 months ago
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You don't seem to understand the joke.
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MosuFan2004

29 months ago
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"All hail the king"
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SkullIsland

29 months ago
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All bow before the mighty Skeletutrle
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SkullIsland

29 months ago
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I honestly always thought this was a film mistake where they couldn't keep the head still.
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KeizerGhidorah

25 months ago
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Yeah, that's probably it
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CdrWikizilla

30 months ago
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Skeleturtle! Our true lord and savior!

Skeleturtle is love, Skeleturtle is life.
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Garfzilla

33 months ago
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Greater than the mighty Bagan!

He's cool, he's a real man!

TMBOII!

His epicness will never die!
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KaijuRanger2003

34 months ago
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Please stop with the Skeleturtle jokes!
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Green Blob Thing

34 months ago
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They're not jokes, they're facts and prayers to our almighty Skeleturtle god.
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CdrWikizilla

30 months ago
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We don't want to. It's still fun for us
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SuperNerd295

30 months ago
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You are blinded by the smite Satanturtle has put on the land. Please child, embrace our god, and worship him as we do.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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No,I don't think I will
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 days ago
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I praise Skelleturtle, but I won't stop with the memes
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MosuFan2004

35 months ago
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Skeleturtle is our lord and savior!!!
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Magara M&E

30 months ago
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Uh ok
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Green Blob Thing

35 months ago
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All Hail Skeleturtle!
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Magara M&E

30 months ago
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...
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

12 days ago
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Hail to our lord
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