Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve is 355 acres of swamps and marshlands, the perfect place to find monster Snapping Turtles.
This past weekend Coyote and Company spent nearly 40 hours filming footage for both the Swamp Monsters documentary and the Brave Wilderness reel at this location.
Mud-Man Mark Vins...prepares to head into the swamp for the morning.
There were several hours of difficult searching spent by the team to find any signs of turtles.
Amidst difficult tangles persistence finally pays off...
This is the first of 2 Snapping Turtles captured on this expedition...no world records but a couple of serious fighters.
This first one literally attacked one of our smaller specialty cameras called a DRIFT Camera...guess that is what happens when you get a camera close to an angry Swamp Monster!
Luckily the camera was not damaged, however, the plastic lens to the water proof housing was destroyed upon impact of the bite. Good news...got it all on camera!
The second Snapping Turtle was actually captured during our night shoot. This was so awesome considering we very rarely see or capture Snapping Turtles at night. There was so much algae growing on this turtle it literally looked as if the beast had hair...such a cool specimen!
After an intense day and long night in the swamps we moved onto a prehistoric looking forest with 100 foot sandstone cliffs and a series of underground caverns.
Director of Photography Chammp Swaggerty gets ready for a climbing sequence.
Shot several sequences for the Brave Wilderness reel including a really fun cave exploration scene which involved building several torches...that burnt really well we might add!
It was a fun expedition, not quite as long as some but just as intense. Probably some of the best footage we have captured all summer!
Until next time...this...is Swamp Monsters!