People often times ask, "How long does it take to find an enormous turtle?" Well, for Coyote the answer to that question is always the same..."Depends on how much patience you have for being neck deep in mud, leeches and most people's nightmares."
Yesterday morning at 7:00 am for Coyote Peterson and Mud-Man Mark Vins that patience finally paid off when they witnessed a true Swamp Monster surface like a submarine from the murky abyss of Blendon Woods' very own Thoreau Lake.
Unfortunately this is the way it works...when you least expect to encounter the beast, the beast encounters you. Mother Nature always knows when you don't have the entire film crew, no photographers, no reporters, and not a single onlooker present to witness our shot at complete glory. Luckily...we did have our behind the scenes camera...so yes...the whole thing was caught on tape...just not as typically planned for filming Swamp Monsters.
This is the second time this turtle has been captured...but the first time it has been captured while working on Swamp Monsters, and the first time it has ever been captured with a camera rolling.
At first sight the creature was mistaken for a muskrat moving through the lily pads. Then upon properly identifying the beast as an ENORMOUS turtle, Coyote had to literally sprint part way around the lake, dive head first into the water, and swim to make the catch!
You are witness to a 55 lb Common Snapping Turtle, the biggest turtle caught this year, and Coyote's personal best. It falls only 22 lbs short of the world record!
It was an amazing capture, and truly a high mark in our efforts thus far at chasing down a world record size turtle.
This past weekend has put a lot of confidence in the team and as we gear up for a big shoot this weekend we hope our string of luck keeps growing!
Welcome to the muck! This...is SWAMP MONSTERS!