If you were crossing the U.S. 98 Causeway over Mobile Bay yesterday afternoon, you might have caught sight of a man, tall and bearded, running down the side of the highway carrying a giant turtle.
I happened to see just such a sight and pulled over immediately, quite close to the osprey nesting platform just about in the middle of the run across the bay. At first I got out of my truck and was walking toward the turtle and man to offer assistance, but it quickly became apparent pair were having something of a struggle.
Not only did the turtle weigh about 50 pounds, but it was far from dead. It’s arms and legs scrambled in the air as it tried to find a purchase and escape its apparent captor. The neck reached back impossibly far trying to bite the poor fellow. I could see the turtle’s mouth snapping shut as …