All month long our research, conservation, education and adventure efforts will be honed in on one specific location...Blendon Woods Metro Park!
Blendon Woods’ own Thoreau Lake is home to a number of these incredible reptiles, one of which we believe will come close to, if not break the world record of 76lbs.
Earlier this year our team captured, photographed and released a specimen that tipped the scales at 55lbs. That’s a BIG TURTLE and we know there’s a bigger one in there.
“How do we know this?” you ask...because last year as the water was drawn back to create mud flats for migrating birds, an enormous turtle nearly pulled Coyote under in quicksand. At chest deep limits he was forced to abandon the capture, only to birth the legend of a true Marsh Monster living in Thoreau Lake.
Could this be...a World Record size beast?
This year as the mud flats are created again we will embark upon several expeditions to search out these creatures of the muck and hopefully reencounter Thoreau Lake’s very own Marsh Monster. Our team of reptilian experts will capture, measure, weigh, photograph and release as many of these turtles as we can over the course of August and we invite you to come and watch as we attempt to capture, and then release a new World Record!
Every Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 PM, all you have to do is trek out to the Eastern Waterfowl Observation Deck and watch as we track down, capture and battle these incredible reptiles from the mud. As the turtles are captured we will be filming sequences for the pilot episode, however, in between captures we will bring the turtles up to the walk way to answer questions and give you an up close look at one of the most dangerous and prehistoric looking reptiles on the face of the planet!
Please visit our Facebook page to check for updates every Wednesday...we will post whether or not a shoot is cancelled or postponed due to weather conditions.
Also check out the detailed page on the right side of the screen marked The "NO Soup for YOU" Snapping Turtle count for additional information on this event!
Stay tuned right here to The Reptile Chronicles and follow our weekly posts as we get muddy...and DANGEROUS...going after a New World Record!