Snapper Turtle Bites Man's Nose After Being Lifted Out Of Water

We all know that turtles are a little on the slow side.

We all know that, right? Like, we know it, but how much would you stake on it? Well, if you're this bloke, you'd stake your nose on it and, well, you'd lose. Watch the instant karma footage here.

Michael Ganley was out fishing with his pal Victor Sanchez when they came across the turtle on the edge of the water. He lured it towards him with some bait and when it reached him - admittedly, quite slowly - he picked the creature up.

He taunts it, bringing it towards him and then pulling the turtle out of the water by its tail, clearly angering the animal, who is snapping away at thin air the whole time.

He proceeded to hold it with the shell towards him and treat it like a dog, scratching its belly, clicking his tongue at it and says "who's a good boy."

In a superb moment of karma, the man who taunted the poor turtle feels its wrath as the snapping turtle, well, snaps, and takes a huge bite out of his nose.

Credit: Newsflare
Credit: Newsflare

"I had my phone out trying to get slow motion videos of the snapping turtles in the water," said Ganley after the incident.

"Of course they'll eat anything. I cut the barbs off of a fishing hook and caught a small sunfish. Then dangled it in front of a turtle and caught one."

It wasn't as if he hadn't been warned either - his friend, Victor Sanchez, can be heard off camera saying "Dude, that thing will take your f****** finger off."

The incident took place in Burlington, Massachusetts, where snapping turtles are endemic.

The snapping turtle is named, obviously, because they are prone to snapping at things when removed from their natural habitat in the water.

They are known for their neck speed: while the common snapping turtle is just as slow as any other turtle while on land, their head and necks are particularly mobile and they have powerful jaws, so when threatened outside of the water, they can attack quickly and then retreat into their shell.

In the water, they avoid conflict - so perhaps Mr Ganley might have been better off if he'd just left the creature to its own devices and not gone out of his way to wind it up.

Turtle 1, Man 0.

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013