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Legend of monster of Laguna Lake comes to life
Orange County Register ^ | 9/10/04 | BARBARA GIASONE

Posted on 09/10/2004 8:21:32 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie

FULLERTON – Rumors swirled around Laguna Lake for 40 years that a vicious snapping turtle named "Old Bob" lurked beneath its water lilies.

Turns out the talk was not some exaggerated fish tale.

On Thursday, dredging company workers snared the 100-pound snapper near a park dam in the north-central part of the city.

A Santa Monica contractor, hired to scoop out fish during a $2 million restoration of the 7-acre lake, netted the 50-year-old, 36-inch alligator snapping turtle along with catfish, crappie and bluegills.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: lakemonsters; lochness; strangesightings; turtle
A real life lake monster from my home town! Hey, it's the OC, what did 'ya expect, a plesiosaur?
1 posted on 09/10/2004 8:21:33 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE
• Latin name: Macroclemys temmincki
• Size: Upper shell can be more than 26 inches long
• Record weight: 219 pounds
• Habitat: Deep-water rivers, lakes, sloughs; occasionally found in brackish waters
• Range: East Texas to Florida panhandle; north to Iowa and Indiana
• Characteristics: Largest freshwater turtle in the world; has pink, worm-like structure on its tongue used as “fishing lure” to attract prey; massive head with strongly hooked beak; very long tail; carapace is gray or brown and serrated.
• Source: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians

2 posted on 09/10/2004 8:24:44 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie
There is a much more ferocious looking photo on the front page of the paper. Weird looking thing!
3 posted on 09/10/2004 8:26:19 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

> Read more at ocregister.com ...

Note: requires registration.

I didn't bother, nor check bugmenot.


4 posted on 09/10/2004 8:26:27 AM PDT by Boundless
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To: SoCal Pubbie
"Luke, fetch me my rifle"

"Yes Sir, Boss"

5 posted on 09/10/2004 8:30:30 AM PDT by blackdog (Illegitumi non carborundum)
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To: SoCal Pubbie; WestCoastGal

Heck that's a baby compared to the ones We used to see in Houston in the drainage ditches.

Better keep an eye on the Jack-A-Roo!


6 posted on 09/10/2004 8:30:38 AM PDT by ChefKeith (Life is GREAT with CoCo..........NASCAR...everything else is just a game!(Except War & Love))
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To: SoCal Pubbie
I've got a great recipe!
7 posted on 09/10/2004 8:30:49 AM PDT by FreedomFarmer (Less carrot, more STICK!)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
Beautiful creature!


8 posted on 09/10/2004 8:31:04 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP (Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault...)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Wow. His shell really looks like armor.


9 posted on 09/10/2004 8:33:14 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: ChefKeith
Of course, everything's bigger in Texas.
10 posted on 09/10/2004 8:34:00 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Any bets that the envrio-nazis will demand that this turtle be returned to it's former home??


11 posted on 09/10/2004 8:36:02 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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To: socal_parrot

"Ol' Man Bob", at first I thought they were talking about you, but then I saw the picture.

You don't have any of those in your pond do you?


12 posted on 09/10/2004 8:36:59 AM PDT by OC_Steve (Choc-full-o-nuts is that heavenly coffee, better coffee a millionaire's money can't buy)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
For now, the transplanted Fullerton resident will be heavily fed with chicken, rodents, shrimp, fish and smelt, then placed in double burlap bags and hosed down until his transcontinental journey.

"We will put him in a pet carrier, then in a crate to be shipped on a red-eye flight in the cool night air," Paquette said.

I am very happy that I will not behind all this at the securtiy inspection line when the turtle flys. Funny thing is that they will take away your nail clippers but not your 100 pound snapping turtle! But it is nice to see hat the turtle gets the same airline food as the regular pasengers.

13 posted on 09/10/2004 8:37:25 AM PDT by pikachu (The REAL script)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

Actually, it looks like that's what they are going to do anyway.


14 posted on 09/10/2004 8:38:03 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP (Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault...)
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To: Boundless
You didn't miss all that much. The story tells how the lake is being worked on to reduce decaying vegetation at the bottom. The lake is actually a reservoir created in 1916 for irrigation of the nearby Bastanchury Ranch. In fact, my family, old timers in Fullerton, still called it Bastanchury Lake. That's pronounced Bass-in-cherry, not Bast-an-chury, by the way. Talks about how the critter lives, and how they're shipping it back east to a reptile preserve, and chronicles some run ins with "Old Bob" over the years.
15 posted on 09/10/2004 8:41:58 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Looks a little like Helen Thomas.


16 posted on 09/10/2004 8:49:26 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: pikachu

LOL, "same food as regular airline passengers "
I'm flying this weekend


17 posted on 09/10/2004 8:54:25 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: SoCal Pubbie; SortaBichy
Hmmm...Orange County....."vicious snapping turtle named "Old Bob" "


18 posted on 09/10/2004 8:59:32 AM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
They make great pets!

19 posted on 09/10/2004 9:01:05 AM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: Boundless

Use the following, it works:

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20 posted on 09/10/2004 9:06:37 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Laguna Lake was the first place I ever remember fishing. I'm talking 4 years old! When I was older, we used to go there to catch crawdads and dragonflies. Never did see the turtle, though.


21 posted on 09/10/2004 9:10:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Thank you Rush Limbaugh-godfather of the New Media.)
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To: ErnBatavia

That's a good one!


22 posted on 09/10/2004 9:27:28 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yeah, I fished there too. Did you ever blow up any plastic model boats there? I wonder if they dredged up any twisted wreckage of that old Lindberg model Bismark?


23 posted on 09/10/2004 9:31:16 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Turtle soup anyone?


24 posted on 09/10/2004 9:35:57 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: SoCal Pubbie
When living in Southern Illinois, I remember occasionally finding sanppers migrating from pond to pond during spells of heavy rain. The trick to handling them is to poke them with a broomstick or somesuch thing a couple of times. Since they are cold blooded, their "batteries" are only good for about 5 or six "snaps". After that, they run out of energy and are lots safer to handle.

The first couple of "snaps" are tremendously fast though. A person or dog could easily lose a finger, paw, or nose.

25 posted on 09/10/2004 10:05:54 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: OC_Steve
My Koi would kick its butt.

28 years today and counting.

26 posted on 09/10/2004 5:09:50 PM PDT by socal_parrot (John Kerry is so 9/10.)
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To: socal_parrot
The Mmegamonster Matchup of the Century! King Koi vs. Gamera!
27 posted on 09/11/2004 7:25:59 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Long Cut

I think any Gamera fans would love this!


28 posted on 09/12/2004 9:20:07 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (<A HREF=http://www.michaelmoore.com>disingenuous filmmaker</A>)
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To: glorgau

I spent my spring break with my family at the Ocean Village resort in Florida this year. In the resort's pond is a colony of soft-shelled turtles, which are endearing-looking creatures with pig-like snouts (well-evolved for snorkeling and rooting through the muddy bottom), but which also have a reputation for a nasty bite. We regularly fed them crawfish, sandfleas, and the occasional freshly-dead crab found on the beach (they're voracious but also very picky eaters who won't eat anything that smells bad). Alas for the turtles, the bluegills in the pond would often snatch the treats from under their snouts; when this happened, they would slap the water surface angrily with their paddle-like feet.


29 posted on 09/12/2004 9:27:06 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (<A HREF=http://www.michaelmoore.com>disingenuous filmmaker</A>)
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