Mosey on around Goose Island and you’ll find Chonk, a gigantic snapping turtle who happens to be going viral online!
The initial viral video by friends Joey Santore and Al Scorch was initially made for their YouTube project titled “Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t” as they narrate nature areas featuring distinguished Chicago accents. The lighthearted series hopes to educate through humor, showcasing science and nature in an easily consumable way.
Chonk, initially named Chonkosaurus, is practically a new Chicago mascot, with thousands across the city falling in love with the craggy turtle. As a friend remarked, Chonk seems too big for his own shell!
Chonk was spotted by Goose Island, so if you want to see the incredible animal live in person, take a kayak trip down the river and prepare to be amazed!