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Years ago (late 80’s to early 90’s), we watched a movie in which a seaside town is terrorized by a sea-monster which turns out to be a giant turtle. At the very end of the movie, the turtle sinks into the ocean and we see its shell with the initials (with the typical ‘+’ and heart, I think) that the boy and girl carved onto it when they were young.

I tried Googling it, but the only thing I could find were some news articles about a real-life incident (from May 2012) where a turtle is found 47 years after a boy carved his initials in its shell. Obviously the movie predates the real-life incident (strange that I thought of the movie only a few weeks after the news broke).

Does anyone know what the movie was?

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was this an american film? how did you see it? –  DForck42 May 28 '12 at 4:54
    
The Wikipedia page says it is an American/Japanese production. I saw it on television in Canada. –  Synetech May 29 '12 at 2:16
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Could it be this movie?

The Bermuda Depths. The plot element on the page looks a more closer match.

Magnus dreams of his childhood, playing on the same beach. He finds a turtle egg in the sand, and calls to his friend Jennie to have a look. As they watch, the egg hatches. A few years later, Magnus and Jennie play with the rather large turtle. Magnus takes a shell and carves "J+M" inside a heart on the turtle's shell, while Jennie finishes making a coral necklace, which she places around Magnus's neck.

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It very well might be. A few things (e.g. Japanese/American movie, Carl Weathers) don’t quite fit, but the rest fits quite well, especially the end (even the initials ‘J+M’ seems familiar). I can’t find any useful pictures, but I think it’s safe to assume that this is it. –  Synetech May 26 '12 at 20:59
    
Please provide a synopsis of the movie so that we can see why this is the correct movie. –  DForck42 Jul 11 '12 at 19:59
    
@Synetech - There's some footage on YouTube, maybe that will jog your memory. –  Oliver_C Jul 12 '12 at 18:01
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