Hanoi’s Legendary Turtle – The Hoan Kiem Turtle

Hanoi’s Legendary Turtle – The Hoan Kiem Turtle

In Cryptozoology (the pseudoscience study of monsters and other probably mythical animals), there is one turtle that was a legend until it’s existence was proved by an amateur cameraman who caught the giant turtle on video. The turtle in Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi, is the only known living specimen in the world. Even though the lake isn’t that big, sightings are extremely rare.

Hoan Kiem Turtle Sighted! (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Hoan Kiem Turtle Sighted! (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The turtle is very large, with a preserved specimen that was 1.9 metres long (that’s probably bigger than most of us) and weighed 200kg.

Preserved Giant Turtle (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Preserved Giant Turtle (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

 

Have you ever seen the live Hoan Kiem turtle during your trip to Hanoi?

(For further reading if you’re interested: Hoan Kiem Turtle)

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