We found a tag on this dead turtle. Turtle experts said it was the biggest green turtle they had ever seen. Is a cash reward for us on the way?
He was a big one--350 lbs. by official weigh in, and 50 to 75 years old.
We were cruising up the coast of the Keys, on the Atlantic side, when we espied a large brown object floating near by. Investigation revealed a huge, dead sea turtle. Sea turtles being endangered, we call the authorities and reported it. They asked that we tow it in so they could examine it, which we did. What we thought was a loggerhead turned out to be a green turtle and one of the biggest the experts had ever seen. They estimate that it was between 50 and 75 years old.
We've been tarpon fishing without success. Trying again this afternoon. The wind is blowing stink (20 to 30 kts).Yesterday our mullet bait died in the baitwell we designed and built for it. Back to the drawing boards. More tomorrow. By the way, Papa's ghost still rattles and hums around these islands, for what it's worth.