Man snags ‘humpback’ sea turtle off Taitung’s coast
A Taitung fisherman caught an unusual looking “humpback” sea turtle in waters off the southeastern coast of Taiwan on Wednesday.
The fisherman, Tien Chengyung, said he was fishing in waters off Pingtung and Taitung counties when he unexpectedly reeled in a heavy turtle that had an unusually shaped shell.
Tien said his first thought was “Gee, why does it look like this?” He said he had unintentionally caught turtles before but had never seen one with a humped shell.
Tien said he shot a video of the creature with the humpback and then released it back into the sea.
When he showed the video to other veteran fishermen on Thursday, they were all amazed and said it was the first time they had seen a “humpback” turtle, Tien related.
A photo of the turtle showed its shell shaped like a traditional Chinese farmer’s hat.