(From the September 7 issue of "The Reporter," a weekly newspaper for the Upper Keys of the Florida Keys (Key Largo to Long Key)..) AMOROUS LOGERHEAD MOLESTS DIVERS While diving at Channel 2 Bridge, Bruce Gernon, an Islamorada real estate agent on a diving holiday, was mounted and pushed to the bottom by a large loggerhead turtle. The turtle attempted to mate with the diver, who said at first he was frightened nearly out of his wits. He further stated, 'I shoved a lobster at the turtle who inhaled the crustracean and then I spun out of its grasp. I felt I was free of the encounter, but then the turtle, with renewed interest, grasped me again with its front flippers from the back and around my shoulders. Once again it attempted to pin me to the bottom. All the while the stupid turtle probed me, in my backside. Being a strong swimmer and determined not to be molested any further by this deluded loggerhead, I twisted out of its grasp and made for the surface and my boat.' ... Another diver, who wishes to remain anonymous, wasn't so fortunate. This diver, a professional procurer of saltwater aquarium fish, was pinned by a large loggerhead, perhaps the same oversexed turtle that attacked...Gernon, This time, the turtle made good its mating attack on this luckless individual. Totally shook up by the experience, and frightened to the extreme, the diver, who was attacked twice and pinned to the bottom, left catch, gear, fish, and all the rest of his equipment ...[and made]...for a mad dash to the safety of his boat." The article goes on to quote a member of the Audubon Society who suggested that, although this was the first reported sexual attack of a loggerhead turtle, these turtles become blinded over the years from jellyfish stings. Anyway, it's supposed to be true. My son works part time at the dive shop there at Channel 2 and says it happened. Tsk tsk. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.....
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