River ‘monster’ With Enormous ‘bear-like’ Claws Terrifies Mother And Daughter.

The monster was seen and filmed in the Mississippi River, but officials have reassured everyone not to be concerned. How would you react if you came face to face with this enormous creature in the water, just a couple of feet from you?

Keep reading to discover how this lady responded and why she never anticipated her tale to become so well-known.

Shala Holm, originally from Buffalo, Minnesota, came across a massive snapping turtle some time back. However, it was only recently that a photo of her encounter went viral. In the picture, the turtle’s huge claws can be seen reaching for a net full of fish, with its Godzilla-like head in the forefront. Just from the image, it’s evident that this turtle is bigger than most.

Last summer, Shala and her family went on their yearly vacation to Niemeyer’s Rugged River Resort near Brainerd. While they were there, Holm and her daughter had their first encounter with an animal while kayaking together in a tandem kayak.

“My daughter all of a sudden said, ‘Mom, be quiet. I can hear something breathing,’” Holm recounted.

Holm was taken aback as she noticed the turtle’s nose approaching a fish basket attached to their kayak while she scanned the shore for something ordinary.

“He kind of clawed onto it,” she said. “He was so big, and we were so startled.”

Holm shook the basket to scare the turtle away. The mother and daughter returned the next day in their kayak to see if they could find it again for a photo. While waiting, they caught fish.

“When you’re in a kayak, the beauty of it is you’re really close to the water,” Holm said. “So we were really quite close.”

The mother and daughter couldn’t determine the precise size of the reptile in the water, but they believed it was a snapping turtle and that its legs were about the size of Holm’s wrists. The state Department of Natural Resources states that adult snapping turtles typically range from 8 to 14 inches in length and weigh between 10 to 35 pounds. The largest turtle ever found in Minnesota weighed an astonishing 65 pounds!

Shala forwarded the photo to the DNR to learn more. They thought the turtle was at least 15 years old, but possibly 30.

Look at this turtle! It surfaced by the boat. thank you, Shala Holms! Posted by Niemeyer’s Rugged River Resort on Monday, November 7, 2022

Shala’s picture became extremely popular after the resort owners shared it on their Facebook page. Corby and Sheila Niemeyer, the owners of the resort, have been amazed by the thousands of shares and nearly a thousand comments the post received. Media outlets have even reached out to Sheila to learn more about the story.

 “Most of them are like, is this really real?” she said. “It really is.”

The resort owner mentioned that the resort is situated in a peaceful area along the Mississippi River, just north of Brainerd. Many different types of local animals can be spotted there.

“Every June, we get a lot of turtles coming up on shore and they’re laying their eggs,” she said. “It’s one of our things we love is watching the turtles. So this was pretty crazy to see a big one like that.”

Sheila reassured everyone that the water is not as risky as it seems, despite the concerns raised by several Facebook users.

“I think if you were to really look at any lake or river, you’re going to find all kinds of things you never thought of,” she said. “They leave you alone. They don’t want to be by you.”

She hopes the post will attract more guests to their resort.

“I’m hoping it won’t be something negative because they think. ‘Oh my gosh, I’ll never go there. I don’t want to swim with that,’” she said. “For the most part, I don’t think you need to worry about that. But seeing the wildlife is just amazing.”

Erica Hoaglund, a regional specialist with the Minnesota DNR, explained in an email that snapping turtles are commonly misunderstood due to their intimidating appearance and defensive behavior when they sense danger. She clarified that they are not actually harmful.

In water, they are most relaxed, but on land, they try to appear scarier even though they feel exposed. Despite defending themselves when scared, they won’t initiate an attack.

“They really just want to avoid being encountered, and will hide and flee if given half a chance,” Hoaglund said.

Holm, the first person to see the large turtle, is not scared. She actually mentioned that she will go back to the resort to see her old friend again.

“I’m going to go back to that spot next year and see if he or she is still around,” she said.

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