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kerplunk
08-05-2005, 12:56 PM
a few weeks back a few of us were heading back to the half moon bay ramp with limits of salmon and noticed this giant sea turtle. *It was about 5ft. in length, and appeared to weigh a couple hundred pounds. *Does anybody know what type of turtle that is or if it's common to see something like that in cold water?

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/6061/turtle6308jk.jpg

Fishbutt21
08-05-2005, 01:13 PM
Welcome to fish sniffer :) I am not sure of the turtle species but I think you were lucky to see one in California

Rock_Hopper
08-05-2005, 01:34 PM
Awesome picture.

That would be a leatherback turtle, pretty rare this far north, but there is a fairly large population in Mexico.

Either one more sign of a mild el nino, or just one confused turtle.

A google image search confirmed.

wading2fish
08-05-2005, 02:47 PM
That turtle better turnaround and head back to sunny Mexico. He probably doesn't know it, but he is swimming in the Red Triangle. If a great white comes upon it, that's it for that turtle.

w2f

blue_chrush
08-05-2005, 07:44 PM
in mexico they serve turtle..
so while in rome do as the romans..
turtle is AWSOME...
its no wonder there protected and such...
its kinda like veal, but way better...
you thought I was going to say it taste like chicken...lol

Rusty_Hooks
08-05-2005, 07:49 PM
If the turtle was in fact 5' in length it was probably older than any of us here. :o

they are common in Hawaii and Mexico like the hopper says...

unusual to see them that bid this far north but it does happen now and then....congrats..quite a siting

and thanks for sharing the pic!!

ghostfish_slayer
08-05-2005, 08:43 PM
nice,, i have seen them out in monterey bay..that look like a vw beetle crusing through the water.did it have barnicles growing on it?

Snappy_McBite
08-06-2005, 06:22 AM
hopefully it is a sign of el nino, then the tuna will be back in close!

blue_chrush
08-06-2005, 05:23 PM
Snappy_McBite:
the wierd ocean sings say that its the seventh sign,
all heathens and liers repent now...
he's comming.....