Watch This Monster Turtle Invade a Man’s Pond and Gobble Up His Fish

Spiny Softshell Turtle
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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Published: March 13, 2023

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One of the best things about owning your own home is being able to do what you want with your outdoor space. One man decided to make an outdoor oasis, featuring flourishing koi ponds. 

Koi ponds are ponds used to house koi carp; they are typically seen in gardens. The growth and health of Nishikigoi, or Japanese Ornamental Carp, can be specifically encouraged by the layout of koi ponds. Traditional Japanese gardens have koi ponds or lakes, but many amateurs utilize small, specialized ponds instead, making no attempt to imitate a natural landscape component.

People that have koi ponds in their yards will quickly realize that many natural predators see the relaxing pond as feeding grounds. Fish is the main source of food for water birds like herons and egrets. 

The easiest snack they’ve ever seen might be in a pond. Let’s face it, large lagoons, streams, and even the ocean are where they typically hunt. Consider how much simpler it would be for them to grab a snack from the small pond in your backyard. 

Raccoons are also known to dip their toes in the koi waters. Surprisingly, the gentleman featured in today’s video had an unsuspecting visitor that kept stealing his koi fish! Zach, who runs the Youtube channel “Catch Em All Fishing,” sees a critter staring up at him through the water of the pond. 

Gotta Catch Them All

A massive turtle makes eye contact with Zach, almost to antagonize him as the shelled creature munches on fresh koi. He believes the turtle has been tampering with the environment of the pond for at least four days. 

Beautiful Koi in a pond in Japan.

Beautiful Koi in a pond in Japan.


With wading overalls and a net in hand, Zach is ready to catch this pesky animal. The softshell turtle is hard to spot as it blends in among the rocks. All softshell turtles eat mostly meat. They actively seek out and chase prey, or they ambush it to capture it. 

Although the flattened shape seems odd for an animal that is always moving, it appears to be hydrodynamically effective. The fish in the koi pond are very stressed and Zach notes that they haven’t been eating as much as normal. 

One of his favorite fish, One-eyed Willy, finally appears after hiding for four days. Zach makes an attempt to grab the turtle but alas, softshell turtles are incredibly quick. He finally grabs his net, hoping the turtle won’t damage the pricey piece of fishing equipment. 

Does he ever get the turtle out and away from his beloved koi pond? Does the softshell turtle bite Zach? Take a look at the video below to see how this one ends! 

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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