A prehistoric-looking creature spooked a mother and daughter during a Minnesota fishing trip.
Holm and her daughter went for a ride on a tandem pedal kayak to go fishing for crappies. Then her daughter heard something breathing in the water.
That’s when Holm said a 100-year-old snapping turtle grabbed onto her fish basket.
“It took me a while to shake him off!” Holm wrote in the post.
The experience was scary. But the next day, Holm and her daughter went back to the location to capture the enormity of the creature.
“He didn’t disappoint us. This is what I saw when I was going to put another fish in the basket. I was quite startled!” Holm said in a Facebook post with the photos.
The snapping turtle protruded half of its body from the murky water. Its head bobbed above the surface, and its large, clawed toes were visible.
The snapping turtle is the largest turtle in Minnesota, with an upper shell around 8 to 14 inches wide and a body weight ranging from 10 to 35 pounds.
While snapping turtles can be aggressive on land, they are “usually docile in the water,” according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR also estimated that the snapping turtle Holm encountered was around 15 to 30 years old.
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