Friday, January 13, 2012

Turtleman

Night after night we search, hoping to find something worth watching on tv. Yesterday as my husband was reading the morning paper his eyes lit up, he got a silly look on his face and he said, "There's a good show on tv tonight!" I said, "Really?" I didn't think he was serious, but he was. Last night at 7:30 we were glued to the tv as Turtleman, Ernie Brown dived in Kentucky ponds in search of snapping turtles. We have snapping turtles in our lake, I took this picture last May less than a mile from our house. I just happened to have my camera with me and I hopped out quickly to get a picture. It gave me the heebie jeebies to be that close to the prehistoric looking snapper that was high tailing it across Old Prairie Creek Road!



Turtleman would dive down in these murky ponds and "feel" for these giant turtles. They have a HUGE head with giant jaws and I can't imagine anyone doing this for a living but he's a legend in Kentucky. Ernie's father and uncle taught him the risky technique. He has the honor of catching the biggest turtle to date, aptly named the "Loch Ness Turtle," a monster snapper weighing close to 55 pounds. You have to watch it to believe it... oh yes, they have subtitles to help us understand the dialect. I'm not kidding! Now I'm not poking fun, if they ever do a show about us we will need subtitles too... I hope this doesn't give you nightmares!


Call of the Wildman comes on Animal Planet on Thursdays. Check your local listing for times, this is almost as good as Candid Camera!

8 comments:

  1. Good morning,

    B. and I have the same problem finding something decent to watch on tv that we haven't seen 50 times already.

    I watched the video and I can't imagine why anyone would won't to do that. It was kinda creepy but I think we would watch the show.

    Have a great day!

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  2. i read about him on MSN a while back. he's a character, but i like him!

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  3. Snapping turtles are nasty critters! We had one in the Hollow that looked ancient!...:)JP

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  4. What does it say that I had absolutely NO PROBLEM understanding a word he said?

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  5. The Turtleman is from my area and loves to stop and have his picture taken with anyone. A nice guy.

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  6. Oh, thank you so much! When I read, "There's a good show on tv tonight!" I immediately remembered I wanted to see the Joplin episode of Extreme Home Makeover that's on right now and if it wasn't for you, I would've missed it. Thank you for your accidental reminder!

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  7. Sorry, I'm one hunnert percent rootin' for the turtle on this one.

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  8. Snappers scare me. We have a pond full of them, and I wish I knew how to get shed of them. They are nasty creatures.

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