Man snags ‘hump­back’ sea tur­tle off Taitung’s coast

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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