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
Played 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. Though it could be interpreted as either a skeleton bobbing in the wind or a living creature moving its head back in forth in Mothra vs. Godzilla, it is unambiguously portrayed as a living creature in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.

Origins

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

History

Showa series

Mothra vs. Godzilla

When Ichiro Sakai, Junko Nakanishi, and Professor Shunsuke Miura traveled to Infant Island to beg Mothra for help in defeating Godzilla, they witnessed how the island had been devastated by nuclear tests. Skeleturtle sat among the remains scattered around their landing site, although they did not remark on it.

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Skeleturtle fled from the battle between Mothra and Battra on Infant Island 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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BBS4313

26 days ago
Score 1
Forget Godzilla, Skeleturtle is the new king.
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RexGoji

2 months ago
Score 0
when ur just a turtle who was disintegrated to bone by nuclear explosions and ur just vibin on infant island and then some random ppl are treating u like a god: *confused testudine noises*
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Mothra the Godess

8 months ago
Score 1

Mentally replacing all the mine turtles in ASDF movie with Skeleturtles


"Hello Skeleturtle!"
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UltraGoji

9 months ago
Score 0
Do you wanna have a bad time?
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UltraDestroyer

15 months ago
Score 1
We need toho to make some little short clip where skeleturtle is walking around tokyo touring it. It would be so cute
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TopMonarchScientist

13 months ago
Score -1
Yeah,he needs more love.
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SkullIslandExplorer

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

16 months ago
Score 0
Idk
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Titanus Radon

14 months ago
Score 0
I love reading the comments saying Skeleturtle is "our lord and savior".
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VaderRaptor

14 months ago
Score 0
Well he is.
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SkullIslandExplorer

14 months ago
Score 0
@VaderRaptor: Ahem, wrong.
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VaderRaptor

14 months ago
Score 0
Nani?
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

16 months ago
Score 2
Why is our Lord and savior Skelleturtle not on the front page
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

16 months ago
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First into the pol to add our Lord to the main page.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

15 months ago
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Yes or no?
Vote below.
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55 votes since its creation on 02:09, 5 September 2016.
poll-id B5D003D973230CAE6B19F05FD2FF3E57

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SkullIslandExplorer

16 months ago
Score 1
Welcome to the Brothas: THE SONS OF SKELETURTLE!! BROTHAS!!!
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
Now imagine if our Lord and savior, Skelleturtle T-posed
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
He is sans
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SkullIslandExplorer

17 months ago
Score 0

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

17 months ago
Score 0
Lol
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 1
Skelleturtle:king of the monsters
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SkullIslandExplorer

17 months ago
Score 0
@KING GHIDORAH 1954: *BILLY MAYS voice* Wrong! BLAKE BELLADONNA IS THE QUEEN OF THE MONSTERS!
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The King of the Monsters

17 months ago
Score 1
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

17 months ago
Score 1
@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

17 months ago
Score 0
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 months ago
Score 0
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

17 months ago
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I agreed
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Lachlanowers

17 months ago
Score 0
Long live the true king of the monsters our lord and our God Long live Skeleturtle.
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
Hail to the king
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Skylla

18 months ago
Score 0
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

18 months ago
Score 3
Um... is it just me who thinks that Skeleturtle deserves his own spin-off?
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RexGoji

2 months ago
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Have you even seen the comments here? Hell yeah they do...
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5146 Adam

18 months ago
Score 1
Why is everyone saying skeleturtle is the best? He's cute, but useless.
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TheWatcherIsBae

18 months ago
Score -1
No, he's one of the best kaiju ever made. He's not useless.
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VaderRaptor

18 months ago
Score 0
Agreed
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5146 Adam

18 months ago
Score 0
Ok Green Blob Thing. Explain how he's the best.
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TheWatcherIsBae

18 months 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

17 months ago
Score 0
Ultra Instinct Skeleturtle. XD
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
Any Skelleturtle have mercy on your soul
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Gojifan2003

18 months ago
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Skeleton + Turtle = Skeleturtle!
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Conder99

20 months ago
Score 2
Fuck shaggy, Skelaturtle would beat his ass even at his full might!
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VaderRaptor

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

20 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

20 months ago
Score 0
Sorry. I don’t think I saw that part when I was reading the rules.
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MosuFan2004

18 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

18 months ago
Score 0
Hmmm.
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Gorosaurus Fan

20 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

17 months ago
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When I see Skelleturtle i think of megalovaina
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Hyperdragondx

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

29 months ago
Score 3
Our lord and savior has come.
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Pedro

34 months ago
Score 1
Why you guys love him so much? It's just a Skeleton Turtle.(Just asking)
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TheWatcherIsBae

34 months ago
Score 6
Because he's the best character in existence, of course!
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Keizer Zilla

21 months ago
Score 2
With just 1% of his power he can blow up 1 quarter if the multiverse!
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Ryan G17

36 months ago
Score 2

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

37 months ago
Score 0
This comment section is broken. It's like a half of it's size before.
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SkullIsland

40 months ago
Score 2
Skeleturtle vs Redman! Who wins?
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KeizerGhidorah

42 months ago
Score 6

This monster is bad to the BONE.

(ba-dum-tss)
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GojiraLordOfKaiju

42 months ago
Score 4
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

43 months ago
Score 3
He shall pierce the dark side of this fandom and reunite every fan
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Les

43 months ago
Score 5
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

43 months ago
Score 5

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

45 months ago
Score 1
This kaiju is overrated. Look, I like it, but it's not my favorite monster in the franchise.
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TheWatcherIsBae

45 months ago
Score 1
You don't seem to understand the joke.
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MosuFan2004

46 months ago
Score 2
"All hail the king"
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SkullIsland

46 months ago
Score 3
All bow before the mighty Skeletutrle
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SkullIsland

46 months ago
Score 3
I honestly always thought this was a film mistake where they couldn't keep the head still.
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KeizerGhidorah

42 months ago
Score 0
Yeah, that's probably it
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CdrWikizilla

46 months ago
Score 2

Skeleturtle! Our true lord and savior!

Skeleturtle is love, Skeleturtle is life.
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Garfzilla

50 months ago
Score 2

Greater than the mighty Bagan!

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

TMBOII!

His epicness will never die!
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KaijuRanger2003

51 months ago
Score 1
Please stop with the Skeleturtle jokes!
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TheWatcherIsBae

51 months ago
Score 2
They're not jokes, they're facts and prayers to our almighty Skeleturtle god.
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CdrWikizilla

46 months ago
Score 0
We don't want to. It's still fun for us
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SuperNerd295

46 months ago
Score 1
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

17 months ago
Score 0
No,I don't think I will
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
I praise Skelleturtle, but I won't stop with the memes
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MosuFan2004

52 months ago
Score 1
Skeleturtle is our lord and savior!!!
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Magara M&E

46 months ago
Score 0
Uh ok
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TheWatcherIsBae

52 months ago
Score 4
All Hail Skeleturtle!
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Magara M&E

46 months ago
Score 0
...
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

17 months ago
Score 0
Hail to our lord
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