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Old 02-18-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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1000 Pound Sea Monster

Swam right up to the boat in 60 feet yesterday morning. It's hard to get perspective on size from the pic but he could of wore a 5 gallon bucket for a hat.
You never know what you're gonna see in the GOM!
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:05 AM   #2
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That's not a sea monster its just my mother in law
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:06 AM   #3
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Re: 1000 Pound Sea Monster

Now depending on water temp that head looks like what i saw in 99, I cut it sharp as I was on flybridge and snapped a few pics of the head. It took like three breaths and went down, never came up in that area again. my pics were to far and best anyone could say an elephant seal, but it did not look like the ones I seen good pictures of.

Looks like some gator turtle.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:26 AM   #4
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leatherback turtle it looks like, right?
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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Re: 1000 Pound Sea Monster

Yepper, it was a crusty old leatherback. I've only seen 3 or 4 in my lifetime and this was the biggest. Not sure how rare they are in the GOM but he was very cool to see him up close. From what I've read they have found carcasses over 2100 pounds making them the largest turtle. This one was easily half that.
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Yepper, it was a crusty old leatherback. I've only seen 3 or 4 in my lifetime and this was the biggest. Not sure how rare they are in the GOM but he was very cool to see him up close. From what I've read they have found carcasses over 2100 pounds making them the largest turtle. This one was easily half that.
Same here Kenny. Over the years I saw and filmed leatherbacks underwater only three times on the east coast when the jellyfish were in. They are rare sightings here too. Yours sounds like a very large one.
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...he could of wore a 5 gallon bucket for a hat.
Awesome critter! Lol...

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Awesome critter! Lol...

Now that is funny!
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They breath like a whale when they come up for air, and Yes, with the pics you cant tell, but they are huge.
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Ive seen them a number of times here out of Palm Beach. This time of year Cobia will follow them also, and I have shot a few off them. I have seen them come up on the beach at night also to lay eggs, you can truly see how big they are then. Massive and cool animal.
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Well Kmoose thanks for posting this today, The cuts in the mouth area are what was so noticeable and I only saw the head, this link proves to me they can be in the puget sound.

http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/seat...sea-turtle.htm

My mystery sea creature is over and if ryfish is spearing cobia off there backs then I now have no more fear of running into down under.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:43 PM   #13
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Kehloken I would never be afraid of turtles! Kenny that turtle is a monster, did you do a drop where he popped up? I have seen a few some stayed under the ledge, some have fled right away, and the weekend before last I had one follow me around for alittle while I was hunting! I love the interactions I have with the sea life, it surreal and humbling!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:52 PM   #14
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Dropping down or at least cruising the area is always a good idea when seeing any turtle. I've located some nice reefs thanks to our hardback friends. Same goes with a school of bait. Many times they hang over good relief and as you approach they swim off, don't follow them. Stay on the original heading and watch the bottom finder.
By the way, over at Cedar Key there's a spot called... now get this..... Turtle Rock! Whenever you fish the spot you will most likely see a turtle very close by. It's a great gag hangout.
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Cool pic, Moose! I've not the pleasure of encountering one so large.
Definitely keep an eye out for hard bottom where you see turtles. The coolest one I've ever seen is one that had backed his butt down into about a 3' cheese hole. It looked like he was hanging in a hot tub, just looking around at us. We let 'em hang whilst we shot our dinner.
It's hard to imagine a 2k lb one. The bucket on the head helps...thanx.
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