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?

  • was this an american film? how did you see it?
    – DForck42
    Commented May 28, 2012 at 4:54
  • The Wikipedia page says it is an American/Japanese production. I saw it on television in Canada.
    – Synetech
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 2:16
  • I have been trying to find this movie myself. I think it's also like a love story type movie.
    – user9436
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 14:16
  • @lgoss, yes, the boy and girl were friends when they were little and were reunited and fell in love years later when they were older.
    – Synetech
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 2:06
  • It's not the Japanese/American one. I also remember the turtle rescuing the 2 as adults later in the movie. I think their ship sank or something?
    – user23162
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 1:19

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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.

  • 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
    Commented May 26, 2012 at 20:59
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    @Synetech - There's some footage on YouTube, maybe that will jog your memory.
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 18:01
  • It's ALL over YouTube in snippets.
    – user27684
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 10:36

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